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February 18, 2012

PSU Men’s Basketball falls to Western Conn.

Skevas leads Panthers in LEC setback

               DANBURY, Conn. – On an afternoon when four seniors were honored before the game, junior Ryan Pelletier gave Western Connecticut State University a reason to believe the future looks bright Saturday afternoon; he scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Colonials defeated Plymouth State University, 90-70, in the Little East Conference regular season finale at Feldman Arena.

              Western earned the second seed and a first round bye for the upcoming Little East Tournament. PSU will be the sixth seed in the tournament and will visit #3-seeded Rhode Island College for a first-round game Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.  The winner will advance to face Western Conn. Friday at top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University.

               Host and LEC regular-season champion Eastern Conn. will play the winner of the #4 Keene State College versus #5 UMass Dartmouth first-round game on Friday at Geissler Gym. The LEC Championship game will be Saturday afternoon at a time to be determined.

              Pelletier connected on 7-of-13 shots from the field including 5-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc, in 25 minutes of action. Senior DaQuan Brooks, a prime candidate to be the Little East Conference Player of the Year for the third straight season, scored 13 points, but handed out a season-high 15 assists. Junior Michael Jensen and senior Gary Robinson added 17 and 11 points, respectively for the winners. Western's fourth season, Michael Kennedy contributed eight points and six caroms to the cause.

              Sophomore Petey Skevas had an outstanding game back in his home state, scoring a game-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field. He also had six assists and four rebounds for the Panthers.

              The Colonials, 20-5 overall and 10-4 in the LEC, held a 13-point lead twice in the first half, the final time coming following a pair of freebies by Jensen with 4:05 left in the first stanza. They went into the break leading, 44-34.

              The Panthers, 9-15 overall and 4-10 in the league, scored 13 of the second half's first 20 points to draw within four points, 51-47 following a lay up by Skevas. Western outs cored the visitors 39-13 the rest of the way. 

(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information) 

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