PSU Men’s Basketball nips UMass Dartmouth

Burt, Eisenberg combined for 53 points in LEC win

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. –   Sophomore Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) and senior Kevin Eisenberg (Moultonborough, N.H.) combined for 53 points Saturday afternoon, leading Plymouth State University past Little East Conference rival University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 69-67, in Little East Conference men's basketball action at Foley Gymnasium.

            Burt connected on 10-of-14 shots from the field and sank 10-of-12 from the line while recording a career-best 33 points.  Eisenberg added 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting and also dished out a game-high seven assists as Plymouth State improved to 2-6 overall and 1-1 in the LEC.  UMass Dartmouth remains winless at 0-8 and 0-2.

            PSU held a one-point lead and had possession with 22 seconds remaining, but turned the ball over when it failed to get the ball in-bounds following a time out.  The Corsairs got the ball inside to Eleazar Clayton (Boston, Mass.) with time winding down; however Clayton's potential game-winning shot missed its target.  Panther junior Mark MacGregor (Rochester, N.H.) hit a free throw with less than one second on the clock to account for the final margin.

            The Panthers led for most of the opening half, extending their lead to 17-10 midway through the session following a Burt three-pointer.  UMass Dartmouth chipped away and got its first lead of the contest, 31-29 after Mike Rotando (Pt. Pleasant Beach, N.J.) drained a three-point bomb.  The Corsairs were able to take a 34-31 advantage into the locker room.

            It was a role reversal for the start of the second half with the Corsairs controlling the game.  PSU stayed close and finally reclaimed the lead 53-52 after junior Sheldon Benson (Pembroke, N.H.) put back a missed shot with 8:12 left on the clock.  A three-pointer from junior John Genkos (Worcester, Mass.) gave the visitors a brief 59-56 lead, but Burt answered with another make from behind the arc to even the score with 4:58 left in the contest.  A lay-up by senior Stephan Roberts (Kissimmee, Fla.) gave PSU a lead it would not relinquish.

            The Corsairs had success with the three-point shot, hitting 8-of-16 shots from behind the arc.  Plymouth State held the advantage on the boards, outrebounding UMD 34-25.

            UMass-Dartmouth, which had three players in double-digits, was led by Rotando who had 23 points.  Genkos and sophomore Alex Rodriques (Fall River, Mass.) each chipped in with 16 points apiece.

            Sophomore Adam Goodwin (Lee, N.H.) hauled down a game-high eight rebounds for the Panthers while Roberts had a solid all-around game registering seven rebounds and two assists.

            Plymouth State wraps up the first semester on the road against non-conference foe Lyndon State next Saturday.  UMass-Dartmouth travels to Johnson and Wales on Tuesday.           

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