Freshman trio lead Panthers to third straight win
KEENE, N.H. – Freshmen Jack Preston (Nashua, N.H.), Logan Kesty (New Boston, N.H.) and Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) combined for 46 points Tuesday evening as Plymouth State University defeated rival Keene State College, 76-66, in Little East Conference men's basketball action at Spaulding Gym.
Preston made 6-of-9 shots from the inside to lead the Panthers with 16 points, while Kesty and Arsenault added 15 points apiece. Kesty was 3-of-6 from three-point range, while Arsenault canned two from long range and collected a team-high eight rebounds.
Plymouth State won its third straight game to improve to 13-11 overall and 7-6 in LEC games, while the Owls have dropped five straight and are now 7-16 overall and 4-9 in the LEC. It's the first time the Panthers have swept the season series from KSC since 2008-09.
Nate Howard (Cheshire, Conn.) and Jaquel Edwards (Manchester, Conn.) each posted a double-double for the Owls; Howard had 13 points, 12 rebounds, and added five blocks, while Edwards tallied 14 points and 13 boards. Nick Gagliolo (Peabody, Mass.) and Tre' Tipton (Stamford, Conn.) each contributed 10 points.
It was the Owls who jumped out to a 12-6 lead as Edwards converted a three point play and Tipton scored consecutive baskets. Nate Howard's dunk in traffic with 9:01 to play gave KSC a 19-15 lead, but the Panthers went on an 8-4 run as Kesty knocked down two free throws and Preston had a conventional three point play to knot the score at 23.
Senior Mark MacGregor (Rochester, N.H.) drained a short bucket inside to send PSU into the break up 33-32.
PSU opened the second half on a 16-5 run to break the game open. Kesty buried three triples during that span, the last of which gave PSU a 49-37 lead with 14:16 on the clock. KSC made its first two shots of the half, but then missed 10 consecutive attempts as the Panthers pulled in front.
The Owls got the lead back within nine on a three from Matt Sherlock (Melrose, Mass.) but could not get closer than eight down the stretch. PSU made 8-of-10 free throws in the final 1:15.
Both teams wrap up the regular season this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. as Keene State hosts UMass Dartmouth and Plymouth State visits Rhode Island College.
(Courtesy of Keene State Sports Information)
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