Skevas tops Panthers with 18 points
KEENE, N.H. – Senior Eric Fazio (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) tied his season high with 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds Tuesday night to lead Keene State College over rival Plymouth State University in Little East Conference men's basketball action at Spaulding Gym.
KSC got contributions from several players. Senior Ryan Martin (Wayne, Maine) scored 15 points and dished out five assists, sophomore Tom Doyle (Wallingford, Conn.) added 11 points and eight rebound and junior Montel Walcott (New Haven, Conn.) posted his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 boards.
Junior Petey Skevas (Wethersfield, Conn.) paced the Panthers with 18 points while freshman Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass.) had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) scored 14 points and senior Kevin Eisenberg (Moultonborough, N.H.) finished with 10.
Fazio, who netted 11 first half points, had the hot-hand early, scoring 11 of the Owls first 19 points. Senior Anthony Mariano (Naugatuck, Conn.) gave KSC its biggest lead of the half (28-21) with a short jumper in the lane at the 7:49 mark.
The Panthers went on a 10-2 run, taking a 31-30 lead on a drive by Skevas with 2:31 to go in the half. Holding the ball for the last shot, Skevas, who had 10 first half points for PSU, hit an off-balance, fall-away shot at the buzzer to give the Panthers a slim 35-34 halftime lead.
A barn-burner, fewer than four points separated the two teams until the closing minutes. After grabbing two offensive rebounds, a persistent Doyle finally got the put-back hoop to make it 62-56 with 1:14 to play, and Martin hit two free throws to make it 64-56 with 50 seconds left on the clock.
The pesky Panthers cut the lead to five points on a three-pointer by senior Matt Cloutier (Milton, N.H.) with 35 seconds to go. Doyle hit two free throws to account for the final score.
Keene State, which has won of four of its last five games, improves to 14-8 overall and 8-3 in the LEC. Both teams have LEC games on Saturday as Keene State hosts Western Conn. while the Panthers travel to UMass Boston.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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