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February 16, 2013

PSU Men’s Hoop runs past Western Connecticut

Balanced scoring paces Panthers in reg. season finale

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University had four players score in double figures Saturday afternoon, helping the Panthers defeat Little East Conference rival Western Connecticut State University, 78-59, in the men's basketball regular season finale for both schools at Foley Gym.

            Senior Kevin Eisenberg (Moultonborough, N.H.) led the way for PSU with 19 points, hitting on 7-of-10 from the field, including 5-of-7 from behind the arc.  Junior Petey Skevas (Wethersfield, Conn.) added 16 points while sophomores Shomari Morgan (Manchester, N.H.) and Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) had 15 and 11 points respectively.

            Western Connecticut senior Michael Jensen (Gales Ferry, Conn.) led the visitors with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Senior Shawn Mobilio (Seymour, Conn.) and sophomore Luis Bridtter (Stamford, Conn.) each added eight points for Western Connecticut while junior James Barnes (Middletown, Conn.) scored seven points and hauled in 10 rebounds.

            Plymouth State moved into a tie with WCSU for sixth place in the LEC standings, and won a coin toss following the game to earn the sixth seed in the upcoming LEC Tournament.  PSU (7-18, 3-10) will travel to third-seed Keene State College (15-10, 9-5) in the opening round of the LEC Tournament on Tuesday night.  The Colonials (5-19, 3-10), now seeded No. 7, will take on second-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University.

            PSU jumped out to a quick 12-2 lead on the strength of two Eisenburg three-pointers at the start of the contest.  The Panthers stretched the lead to 17-8 after Burt drained a 3-ball with 13 minutes left in the first half. 

            The Colonials chipped away at the Plymouth State advantage late in the opening session, closing the gap to 38-33 following a three-pointer by junior Mark Laporte (New Milford, Conn.) with a minute to play before the intermission, but Eisenburg followed with another from long range bomb to give the Panthers and eight-point lead (41-33) and momentum into halftime.

            Plymouth State was never challenged in the second half, maintaining a double-digit lead for the final 11 minutes of the game.

            Plymouth State freshman Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass.) narrowly missed his second consecutive double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds.  Junior Mark MacGregor (Rochester, N.H.) had a solid game in the paint by registering eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

            The Panthers, who led this contest from wire-to-wire, shot a scorching 60.7-percent (17-28) from the field in the first half and finished the game by shooting 56.4-percent (31-53).  PSU also shot well from behind the 3-point arc, hitting on 7-of-17 (46.7-percent) from long range. 

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