Keene State defeats PSU Men’s Basketball

Goodwin, Burt pace Panthers in LEC setback

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Ryan Martin (Wayne, Maine) tossed in a game-high 20 points Tuesday evening to lead four Keene State College players who scored in double figures as the Owls used a strong second half to defeat Plymouth State University, 83-62, in Little East Conference men's basketball action at Foley Gym.

            Martin did his damage draining 8-of-11 shots from the field, including 4-of-6 from three-point range.  The Owls also got a double-double from 6'10 senior forward Rashad Wright (Agawam, Mass.), who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.  Senior Anthony Mariano (Naugatuck, Conn.) added 17 points off the bench, and classmate Eric Fazio (Hopewell Jct., N.Y.) chipped in with 15 points as Keene State improved to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in conference play.

            Sophomores Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) and Adam Goodwin (Lee, N.H./Oyster River) paced the Panthers with 12 points each.  Junior Sheldon Benson (Pembroke, N.H.) chipped in with nine points but the Panthers dipped to 3-12 overall and 1-5 in the Little East.

            The game was close in the first half; with the Owls maintaining a single-digit lead most of the way.  It was a two-point margin (22-20) with seven minutes remaining when sophomore Tom Doyle (Wallingford, Conn.) and Martin nailed consecutive threes for KSC to push the lead up to eight points, and the Owls took a nine-point bulge (37-29) into the locker room. Martin had 11 of his 20 points at the break.

            The Panthers whittled the lead down to five points twice in the first five minutes of the second half, the second time to make it 42-37 with 15 minutes to play.  Mariano and Martin took over for the Owls, each canning two straight hoops to push the margin up to 13 points.  A bucket by Benson and a pair of free throws by Goodwin made in a nine-point margin with 11:21 on the clock, but that's as close as PSU would come.  KSC pulled away in the last 10 minutes

            Both teams play LEC home games on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. as PSU hosts Rhode Island College and Keene State entertains the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.          

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