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February 4, 2012

PSU Men’s Basketball falls to Eastern Conn.

Skevas tops Panthers in LEC setback

               WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Inside players Hamilton Levy and Chris Robitaille combined for 37 points on 15-for-22 shooting and 17 rebounds Saturday afternoon to pace the Eastern Connecticut State University men's baskeball team to a 72-52 triumph over Plymouth State University at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.

              Eastern (17-4, 8-2 Little East) maintains sole possession of second place in the Little East Conference with four remaining games, one game behind Keene State College and one game ahead of Rhode Island College and Western Connecticut State University. Plymouth State (7-13, 2-8 Little East) remains in a tie for sixth place in the LEC, battling with the University of Southern Maine for the final LEC playoff spot.

              Eastern never trailed against Plymouth State and led by 26 six minutes into the second half.  A 16-4 Plymouth run pulled the Panthers to within 14 with eight minutes left, but senior guard Nick Nedwick connected on a three-point field goal and senior guard Chae Philips hit a free throw to re-store an 18-point lead.

              Eastern outscored the visitors by 14 points from the foul line, with Nedwick, junior Joe Ives, junior Brian Salzillo and freshman Brandon Yarborough combining to go 11-for-12 from the stripe.

              Levy, who had a game-high 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Eastern's 14-point victory over Plymouth a month ago, led Eastern with 19 points and nine rebounds Saturday, with Robitaille adding 18 points and eight rebounds and Nedwick 12 points, five assists and four rebounds.

              Sophomore Petey Skevas led the Panthers with 21 points but was the only player with more than seven as the team's other four starters combined for only nine points and seven rebounds.

              Both teams play their in-state rivals on Tuesday as Eastern visits Western Connecticut and PSU returns home to host Keene State. 

(Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information) 

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