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February 2, 2013

Eastern Conn. downs PSU Men’s Basketball

Panthers' winning streak stopped at three

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Mike Garrow (Terryville, Conn.) made 12-of-17 shots from the field and finished with a game-high 29 points Saturday afternoon as Eastern Connecticut State University knocked off Plymouth State University, 70-60, in a Little East Conference contest at Foley Gymnasium.

            Garrow also collected nine rebounds to finish one board shy of a double-double for the winners, who improve to 14-7 overall and 8-2 in the Little East.  Senior Chris Robitaille (Canton, Conn.) produced a double-double to the Warriors, scoring 13 points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.

            PSU had three players score in double figures as senior Kevin Eisenberg (Moultonborough, N.H.) tallied 16 points after converting four three-pointers, sophomore Shomari Morgan (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) contributed 15 points off the bench, and junior Petey Skevas (Wethersfield, Conn.) added 10 points. The Panthers had a three-game winning streak stopped and fell to 6-15 overall and 2-8 in conference play.

            Eastern jumped out to a double-digit lead six minutes into the game, 14-4.  The Warriors led by as many as 15 points (23-8) with eight minutes to go in the first half, but PSU went on a 12-2 burst, including a pair of three-pointers by Eisenberg, to pull to within five points (27-22).  Eastern regrouped and took a 34-24 lead into the intermission.  Garrow and Eisenberg each scored 10 points in the first half.

            After the visitors pushed the margin up to 16 points (43-27) out of the locker room, PSU tossed in 10 unanswered points to pull to within six, 43-37, with 14 minutes to play. Eastern answered with a 14-5 run to push the margin back up to 15 points with nine minutes to go.  Garrow hit 11 of his first 13 shots on the afternoon and the Warriors maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

            Eastern shot 55 percent from the field in the game while holding PSU to a 43 percent shooting clip. 

            Both teams play LEC rival games on Tuesday when PSU visits Keene State College and Eastern hosts Western Connecticut State University.

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