Salem State rallies past PSU Men’s Basketball

MacGregor with strong game for Panthers

              PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Nate Simpson and senior Brian Clark combined for 49 points and 23 rebounds Thursday evening to lead Salem State University to a 101-82 victory over Plymouth State University in non-conference men's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.

              Simpson converted 9-of-11 shots to finish with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Clark made 10-of-16 shots from the field and ended up with 24 points and 11 boards.  Junior Tavone Wynder chipped in with 13 points as the Vikings improved to 5-1 on the season.

              Plymouth State got a season-high 19 points and seven rebounds from sophomore Mark MacGregor, thanks to 8-of-9 shooting.  Sophomore Petey Skevas contributed 16 points, six rebounds and six assists while junior Stephan Roberts chipped in with 11 points.

              The Panthers controlled the game for the first 15 minutes, leading by as much as 12 points (25-13) midway through the first half.  Salem State rallied to take its first lead (34-33) with just under four minutes to play, and took a four-point margin (44-40) to the locker room at halftime.

              Salem State maintained the lead throughout the second half, though PSU kept the margin to with six points for the first 12 minutes of the period.  It was two-point Viking lead (72-70) when the visitors went on a 17-5 burst to open up a 12-point margin (87-75) with four minutes to play, coasting home the rest of the way.

              Both teams enjoyed a strong shooting night, Salem State making 57.4 percent from the field and PSU converting at a 55.9 percent clip.  The Vikings enjoyed a 39-23 margin on the boards.

              PSU opens Little East Conference play this Saturday, hosting two-time defending champion and preseason favorite Rhode Island College.  Salem State returns home to host the New England Classic Saturday and Sunday at Twohig Gymnasium.

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