Seniors lead Panthers on Senior Day
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four out of five starters scored in double figures Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated the University of Massachusetts Boston, 82-72, in Little East Conference men's basketball action on Senior Day at Foley Gym.
Sophomore Petey Skevas led the way for PSU, posting a double-double with a team-high 14 points and 10 assists. The other three Panthers to reach double figures were seniors who were recognized before the game -- Kyle Walker with 13 points, Brian Chergey with 12, and Jesse Sabolis with 10.
PSU, which shot a season-high 56.4 percent from the field, improves to 8-14 overall and 3-9 in conference play, and is tied with the University of Southern Maine for sixth place and the final LEC playoff spot. The Panthers visit Southern Maine on Tuesday.
The visiting Beacons also placed four players in double figures, led by freshman guard Vinny DeLucia, who scored a game-high 24 points. Classmate Carl Joseph added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds, and rookies Cody Edmond and Quadry Allen chipped in with 12 and 10 points off the bench, respectively. UMB fell to 5-18 overall and 1-11 in the LEC.
There were five ties and six lead changes in a tightly-contested first half. PSU had an early eight-point margin, but UMD ran off eight straight to pull even, including three-pointers by Allen and DeLucia. Allen hit another three with 3:30 to play to give the Beacons their first lead, but PSU bounced back to take a one-point margin (34-33) into the intermission.
PSU's seniors charged out of the second half gate as well, combining for eight unanswered points as Chergey hit a three, Walker converted a lay-up from Chergey, and Sabolis drained three free throws after being fouled on a long-range shot. A layup by sophomore Kevin Cressy pushed PSU's lead into double digits (45-34).
The largest Panther lead of the second half was 18 points, but UMB would not go home quietly. The Beacons went on a 16-5 burst in the final five minutes, cutting the margin to seven points in the final minute, but the clock ran out on the comeback attempt.
Both teams play conference games on Tuesday, Plymouth State traveling to Southern Maine and UMass Boston hosting rival UMass Dartmouth.
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