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WestConn powers past PSU Men’s Basketball

Lambert and Chergey top Panthers in setback

              DANBURY, Conn. – Junior DaQuan Brooks led all players with 24 points and nine assists Saturday afternoon as Western Connecticut State University defeated Plymouth State University, 109-77, in a Little East Conference men's basketball contest at Feldman Arena.

              The game marked a successful return to WestConn head coach Bob Campbell, who returned to the bench after taking a three-game medical leave of absence. The Colonials improve to 12-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Little East.

              Brooks was joined by senior Will Jarrett who scored 16 points, freshman Jengodji Gates with 15, junior Gary Robinson with 12, and freshman Russell Payton with 11 points.

              Senior Ryan Lambert and junior Brian Chergey each scored 13 points to lead Plymouth State, while senior Tom Dowd added 11.

              WestConn wasted little time taking command of the game, rushing out to a 16-6 lead.  Plymouth State battled back to draw within one basket at the midway point of the first half, but the Colonials went on a 22-8 run over the next six minutes for a 44-28 lead.  WestConn continued to shoot well from the floor and the free-throw line and held a 57-37 advantage going into the locker room at intermission.

              PSU scored to open the second half, but never managed to mount a comeback as the WestConn offense maintained its hot shooting, hitting over 50% of its shots from the floor in the second half and nearly 80% of its free throws.  The Colonials widened the lead down the stretch for a 109-77 final margin of victory. WestConn shot 57.6 percent from the floor, compared to 45.3 percent for the Panthers, who fell to 5-7 overall and 0-3 in the LEC.

              Both teams are back on the court with LEC home games on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., PSU hosting UMass Boston and WestConn taking on Keene State. 

(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information) 

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