PSU Men’s Basketball nipped by Lyndon State

Eisenberg scores 18 but Panther rally falls short

            LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Jason Gray and Devyn Baranauskas combined for 37 points Saturday afternoon, leading Lyndon State College to a 69-68 victory over Plymouth State University in non-conference men's basketball action at Stannard Gymnasium.

            Lyndon managed to hold off a late surge by Plymouth State. The Hornets held double-digit leads in both halves only to see the Panther make the game interesting in the waning moments.

            Gray finished with a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds while Baranauskas added 18 points.  Daquan Vaughan added 12 points off the bench as the Hornets improved to 4-3 overall.

            The Panthers (2-7) had a balanced scoring attack with four players scoring in double figures.  Senior Kevin Eisenberg (Moultonborough, N.H.) led the way with 18 points while sophomore Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) added 15 points, junior Petey Skevas (Wethersfield, Conn.) chipped in with 14, and junior Mark MacGregor (Rochester, N.H.) contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.

            Lyndon jumped out to an early double-digit lead (15-5), and after PSU battled back to with three points, the Hornets rattled off 11 unanswered points to take a 34-19 advantage with nine minutes remaining.  PSU whittled the margin down, and Eisenburg and Burt each made two free throws in the last minute to make it a seven-point game at the break, 45-38.

            MacGregor hit the opening bucket of the second half for PSU to get the deficit down to five points, but the Hornets responded with six straight to push it back up to 11.  Lyndon hit its largest lead of the second half with a 58-46 advantage with 11 minutes to go.

            The Panthers would not go quietly.  A rally capped by a three-pointer by Burt with five minutes to play made it a four-point game (61-57).  An Eisenberg three-pointer with a minute to play brought the Panthers to within two points (65-63), but Baranauskas drained a key basket to double the lead.  Eisenberg and Jose Fortunato traded free throws down the stretch, and Skevas hit a three-pointer with two seconds to play, but the clock ran out on the Panther comeback.

            PSU takes a break for final exams and the holidays, and will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, with a non-conference home game at Foley Gym against Bowdoin College.           

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