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December 2, 2013

PSU Men’s Basketball sweeps LEC Weekly Honors

Nwokeji and Arsenault named Player and Rookie of the Week

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Two members of the Plymouth State University men's basketball team earned weekly recognition from the Little East Conference (LEC) Monday following their performances in Panther action last week.

            Sophomore Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass./Lynn Classical) and freshman Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H./Phillips Exeter) were named LEC Men's Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively. They were the top players as the Panthers won their only game of the week with a non-conference victory over Castleton State College.

            A 6'4" forward, Nwokeji posted his first double-double of the season in the win over Castleton.  He scored a career-high 19 points and hauled in a season-best 16 rebounds to lift the Panthers to an 83-80 triumph.  Nwokeji connected on 60 percent from the field (9-of-15), while adding an assist and two steals. He dominated the offensive glass, collecting seven caroms in just 27 minutes of action.

            Nwokeji is third on the team in scoring this season, averaging 9.6 points per game, and he leads the Panthers and ranks fifth in the LEC with 7.8 rebounds per contest.  Nwokeji is also ranked sixth in the conference in the field goal percentage, converting at a 53.8 percent clip.

            A 6'1" guard, Arsenault finished one rebound shy of his first double-double of the season in the victory over Castleton.  He tossed in 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers, and pulled in a season-high nine rebounds in the win.  Arsenault earned the LEC's top rookie honor for the second week in a row.

            Arsenault leads the team and ranks sixth in the LEC in scoring with 17.0 points per game.  He is also ninth in the conference with 6.8 rebounds per outing, ninth in field goal percentage, shooting 51.7 percent from the field, and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (42.1), making 8-of-19 from long-range.

            PSU, 4-1 overall, is off to its best start since the 2009-10 season.  The Panthers will play a non-conference game Tuesday at in-state rival Colby-Sawyer College, and will open Little East Conference play Saturday at Foley Gymnasium against the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (3:00 p.m.) 

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