Kesty leads Panthers with 20 points off the bench
MEDFORD, Mass. – The Plymouth State University men's basketball team had its winning streak stopped at five games Tuesday night with a 76-62 non-conference loss to Tufts University at Cousens Gym.
Senior Kwame Firempong (Los Angeles, CA) led four players in double-digit scoring for the Jumbos with 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
The Panthers fell to 6-2 and were led by freshman Logan Kesty (New Boston, N.H.), who came off the bench to record a game-high 20 points with two rebounds and two steals. Classmate Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) added 12 points and four rebounds while junior Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass.) scored nine and grabbed two boards and two steals.
Freshman Hunter Sabety (Oceanside, NY) recorded a double-double scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Jumbos. Sophomore Ryan Spadaford (Rockville Centre, NY) and freshman Tarik Smith (Bronx, NY) came off the bench to score 14 and 12 points, respectively, with each adding two rebounds. Senior Andrew Dowton (Canton, MA) finished with nine points and 10 boards.
Tufts scored the first basket of the game on a dunk by Sabety but the Panthers answered with a 7-0 run with five points coming from Arsenault. A three-point play by Sabety and an Oliver Cohen layup would tie the game at 7-7 at the 15:18 mark.
The Jumbos would get a six-point lead on Folliards' trey with 9:14 remaining and would get their largest lead of the first half of eight points when freshman Tarik Smith (Bronx, NY) sunk a three with 59 seconds left. The two teams would go into intermission with the Jumbos leading 32-26.
A layup by Sabety would make the Tufts lead eight with 17:48 remaining but PSU would trim the Jumbo lead to 41-39 with 15:25 left in the game. It would then be back and forth play by both teams until the Jumbos were able to pull away with a run sparked by Smith's layup for a 12-point lead at the 4:11 mark. The Jumbos would hold on to its double-digit lead for the remaining of the period on strong free-throw shooting.
Tufts shot 45.8 percent from the field and held the advantage in rebounds 40-30.
The Jumbos (6-4) are off until Saturday, January 4 when they travel to Newbury. Plymouth State hosts Salem State Thursday at Foley Gym at 7:30 pm.
(Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information)
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