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PSU Men’s Basketball escapes with win at Colby-Sawyer

Nwokeji posts second-straight double-double for Panthers

            NEW LONDON, N.H. – Junior Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass.) posted his second straight double-double Tuesday evening to lead Plymouth State University past Colby-Sawyer College, 59-55 in non-conference action Tuesday evening at Coffin Field House.

            Nwokeji led the Panthers with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Eight of his 14 points came at the line. Junior Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) added 11 points, eight boards and three steals while sophomore Logan Kesty (New Boston, N.H.) went 4-for-6 for 10 points off the bench.

            Both teams struggled to control the ball and find the shooting touch in the first half. PSU had 15 turnovers and shot 32 percent, while the Chargers shot 31 percent and had 14 miscues. The play was sloppy throughout the frame and featured five ties, including the half ending score of 22-22. Colby-Sawyer received 20 of its 22 points from junior Mike Dias (Carver, Mass.) and sophomore Wol Majong (Manchester, N.H.) who scored 10 points apiece. Plymouth State had eight players in the scoring column led by a five-point effort from freshman Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.)

            The second half was played at a frantic pace and had seven lead changes. Plymouth shot the ball better at a 52 percent clip, but let the Chargers stay in the game. The Panthers held a slim 57-53 lead with less than 30 seconds to play when Colby-Sawyer's Wol Majong stepped to the free throw line and knocked in a pair to pull the home team within two at 57-55.

            The Chargers called a timeout to set up their defense and forced a turnover with 17 seconds on the clock. Koang Thok (Portland, Maine) created space in the lane and took a 12-footer that clanged off the rim into the hands of Plymouth's Nwokeji, who was fouled and then calmly knocked down both free throw attempts to put the game away 59-55.

            Majong led Colby-Sawyer with a game-high 17 points. Mike Dias finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Peter Donato (Portland, Maine) added 11 points and eight boards.

            PSU, which had its lowest scoring output of the season, held a 43-33 edge on the glass and turned 23 Colby-Sawyer miscues into 21 points.

            The Panthers improve to 5-1 and will host UMass Dartmouth on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in a Little East Conference season opener. Colby-Sawyer falls to 1-2 and plays at Keene on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

(Courtesy of Colby-Sawyer Sports Information)

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