PSU Men’s Basketball downs Johnson State

Dowd, Lambert lead Panthers to non-conference win


              JOHNSON, Vt. – Senior Ryan Lambert (Derry, N.H./Pinkerton) drilled a turnaround jumper with the shot-clock running down to end a run by Johnson State College that cut a 17-point lead to six at the 1:58 mark of the second half Thursday to lift visiting Plymouth State University to a non-conference men’s basketball victory.

              Plymouth State was led by senior Tom Dowd (Portsmouth, N.H.) who scored 14 points while Lambert added 10 points.  Senior Bill Stowell (Stratham, N.H.) chipped in with eight points and nine rebounds as the Panthers even their record at 9-9 while Johnson State falls to 3-12 overall.

              Johnson State trailed 35-26 at the halftime break as an active Plymouth defense created 11 turnovers and shot 46 percent over the first 20 minutes.  The hot shooting of the Badgers (53%) kept them within striking distance.

              A jumper by Jesse Sabolis (Stoughton, Mass.) equaled the Panthers largest lead of the night at 17 with 10:20 left to play but Johnson would start chipping away from their behind senior Rob Key (New Britain, Conn.) and junior Brian Phelps (Milton, Vt.).  The pair scored 15 of 17 Johnson State points in a run that cut the lead to six at 62-56 when Lambert drilled the fade away 18-footer that deflated the host team.

              The Badgers were led by Phelps’ 17-point night on 5-6 shooting from the field and 7-8 effort at the free throw line while Key and fellow senior Ian Passino (Peru, N.Y.) each scored 12.

              Johnson State will next travel to play at Green Mountain College on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm while Plymouth State returns home to host Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday in a Little East Conference affair at 3:00 p.m. 

(Courtesy of Johnson State Sports Information) 

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