Panthers used balanced attack to sting Hornets in home opener
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's basketball team used a balanced attack to capture its home opener Saturday afternoon, outlasting Lyndon State College in overtime, 87-84, in non-conference action at Foley Gymnasium.
Junior Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) led the Panthers in the scoring department, dropping in 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. Senior Petey Skevas (Wethersfield, Conn.) added 18 points, nine assists and six steals from the point guard spot, and freshman Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H./Phillips Exeter) contributed 17 points and eight rebounds as PSU improved to 3-1 on the season.
The Hornets got 19 points and seven rebounds from junior George Carle (Central Falls, R.I.), while classmates David Johnson (Washington, D.C.) and Rob Alers (Central Falls, R.I.) scored 16 points apiece. Lyndon State dropped to 0-2 on the young season.
Lyndon State held the lead most of the first half, and took a 39-34 lead into the locker room. The Panthers came alive to start the second half, and a three-pointer by Burt with 16 minutes on the clock gave PSU its first lead of the second half, 46-44.
The Panthers led by as many as 10 points, 59-49, following a traditional three-point play by Arsenault with 12 minutes to go. The Hornets would not give up, and outscored the home team 10-2 over the next three minutes to pull to within two points. PSU maintained the lead until Lyndon State tied the game at 68-68 on a pair of free throws by John William (Springfield, Mass.) with four minutes to go.
Lyndon State pulled ahead by three points twice in the last two minutes of regulation, but Arsenault's three-pointer with 1:11 to play deadlocked the score at 75-all. Both teams had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but a lay-up by Skevas rolled off the rim, and a layup by Johnson with just seconds to play was blocked by sophomore Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass.)
PSU never trailed in the extra session. A layup by Nwokeji and free throws by Skevas and Arsenault extended the Panther lead to five points and the Panthers held on down the stretch. Nwokeji lead the team with four points in overtime.
Plymouth State is home again on Tuesday, hosting Castleton State College in a 7:30 contest. Lyndon State is idle until a trip to Maine on Dec. 6-7 to take on Thomas College and UMaine Farmington.
-- 30 --