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January 29, 2013

Burt leads PSU Men’s Basketball past Colby-Sawyer

Panther guard pours in career-high 34 points

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) made a career-high seven three-pointers and finished with a career-best 34 points Tuesday evening as Plymouth State University defeated Granite State rival Colby-Sawyer College, 78-66, in a non-conference men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.

   
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            Burt made 12-of-19 shots from the field, including 7-of-12 from beyond the three-point arc, while also collecting six rebounds, two assists and two steals.  Senior Kevin Eisenberg (Moultonborough, N.H.) added 19 points, converting 5-of-8 three-pointers, and junior Petey Skevas (Wethersfield, Conn.) posted his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 assists.

            The Chargers got 20 points from sophomore Mike Dias (Carver, Mass.), 11 points from senior Paul Holland (England, UK) and 10 from junior Cody Addison (Washington, D.C.).

            Both teams shot very well in the first half, with both converting more than 60 percent through the first 10 minutes.  The score was tied at 21-all when PSU scored 12 straight points, including seven points from Burt and five from Eisenberg. The Chargers cut the margin down to eight points with five minutes to go in the half, but PSU pushed it back up to 12 again at the break, 43-31.  Burt scored 16 in the first half and Eisenberg had 14.

            Dias scored five points and Addison made a pair of free throws in the first two minutes of the second half as the Chargers whittled the deficit down to seven points, but PSU answered with a 12-2 burst that pushed the margin up to 17 points, 57-40, with 13 minutes to go.  Colby-Sawyer was able to get no closer than nine points the rest of the way.

            PSU shot 52 percent from the field for the game, including 57 percent (12-of-21) from long range, while the Chargers converted at a 46 percent clip.

            The Panthers, 5-14, play another non-conference game Thursday at Johnson State College, while Colby-Sawyer, 8-10, returns home to host the University of Maine Farmington Friday in a North Atlantic Conference match-up.           

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