Skevas tops team with 19 points; Panthers eclipse last year's win total
BOSTON – Senior Petey Skevas (Wethersfield, Conn.) scored a team-high 19 points Tuesday evening as the Plymouth State University men's basketball team defeated the University of Massachusetts Boston, 63-54, in Little East Conference action at UMB's Clark Athletic Gym.
Skevas got help from junior Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) and freshman Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.), who scored 12 points apiece. Freshman Logan Kesty (New Boston, N.H.) added nine points after hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range. PSU improved to 8-5 overall and 2-2 in the Little East; the Panthers eclipsed last year's win total when they finished 7-19.
The Beacons got a strong game from Gregory Young, who tossed in 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-7 from three-point land. Carl Joseph added 11 points but UMD dropped to 5-7 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
PSU had an early first-half lead, 16-7, but the Beacons went on an 18-4 streak to take a five-point advantage, 25-20, with three and a half minutes to play. The Panthers regrouped and got the deficit down to one point at the half, 30-29.
Plymouth State roared out of the locker room with a 13-2 burst over the first eight minutes of the second half. Burt, Skevas and Kesty all drained threes, and senior Shomari Morgan (Manchester, N.H./Memorial) hit a pair of buckets in the run.
UMB didn't go away, getting the margin down to five points a couple of times with seven minutes to go, but PSU did its job at the free throw line in the second half, converting 14 of 16 attempts. Arsenault hit a jumper with 3:50 to play to put PSU up by eight, which ended up as PSU's last field goal; Skevas and Burt each made four straight freebies down the stretch to seal the win.
PSU returns home to host Rhode Island College on Saturday at Foley Gym while UMB plays a non-conference game Thursday at Bridgewater State.
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