Panthers down Badgers in lopsided win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Kyle Walker scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds Thursday night to lead a balanced team performance as Plymouth State University defeated Johnson State College, 90-50, in non-conference men's basketball action at Foley Gym.
Walker did his damage in just 13 minutes off the Panther bench, making 6-of-8 field goal attempts. Senior Brian Chergey also scored 11 points off the bench and junior Matt Cloutier led the starters with 10 first-half points as PSU improved to 7-12 overall. All 15 Panthers on the roster played between seven and 21 minutes and 13 different players got into the scoring column.
Sophomore Bryan Hickey led the visitors with 10 points and six rebounds and senior Alen Turan added nine points, but the Badgers dropped to 4-16.
Plymouth State led wire-to-wire, jumping out to a double-digit margin (20-9) in the first eight minutes. Cloutier scored seven points for PSU in the early going, including a three-pointer to open the scoring and set the tone. Johnson State whittled the margin down to four points (22-18) with 8:45 to play but PSU answered with seven straight points, including a triple from Cloutier, to get the margin back up to 11. The Panthers wound up with a 12-point bulge at halftime, 38-26.
PSU opened the second half with a 12-3 run, including a pair of three-pointers by senior Jesse Sabolis, to push the margin over 20 points, and that's as close as the Badgers would come the rest of the way as both teams emptied their benches.
The Panthers return to Little East Conference play Saturday with a visit to Eastern Connecticut State University. JSC is idle until Friday, Feb. 10, when the Badgers host Thomas College in a North Atlantic Conference contest.
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