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January 26, 2013

PSU Men’s Basketball streaks past UMD

Guards lead Panthers to LEC victory

            NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Guards Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.), Petey Skevas (Wetherfield, Conn.) and Kevin Eisenburg (Moultonborough, N.H.) combined for 40 points Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 69-40, in a Little East Conference men's basketball contest at the Tripp Athletic Center.

            Plymouth State used an 11-0 run to extend a six-point halftime lead and went on to earn the season sweep over the Corsairs.  The Panthers shot a blistering 64 percent from the floor in the second half.  Burt led the way with a game-high 14 points, while Skevas and Eisenburg added 13 points apiece.  Eisenberg was hot from outside, making 4-of-6 from three-point range.

            UMD jumped out to a 13-6 lead after six-and-a-half minutes of play, but the Panthers used a 9-2 run to even the game at 15-15 with 6:51 to go in the first. The teams were knotted at 21-21 with 1:36 to play, but PSU finished the half with eight straight points on two buckets each by Burt and sophomore Shomari Morgan (Manchester, N.H./Memorial), taking a 29-21 lead to the locker room. Morgan finished with 10 points off the bench on 5-of-7 shooting.

            The Corsairs scored the first two points of the second half but PSU tallied the next 11 to open up a 17-point bulge. The Panthers pushed the lead over 20 points with 11 minutes to play and coasted home the rest of the way.

            Junior Eleazar Clayton (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore Jake Laga (Northampton, Mass.) both had eight points and four rebounds to highlight the Corsair day.

            Plymouth State held an eleven-rebound advantage on the boards, 40-29, and shot 51.9 percent on the contest while limiting UMD to a 30.4 percent performance from the floor.

            The Corsairs will return to action when they host Tufts next Tuesday evening for a non-conference clash. The Panthers host Granite State-rival Colby-Sawyer Tuesday. 

 (Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information) 

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