Red-hot shooting lifts Panthers over Lynx
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's basketball team shot 78 percent in the first half Monday night, opening up a 51-28 lead at the break before going on to an 84-54 victory over Lesley University in a non-conference contest at Foley Gym.
The Panthers drained 21-of-27 shots from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including all six three-point attempts. Senior Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.), who finished with a game-high 20 points, made 7-of-8 shots in the first half, including 3-for-3 from three-point range, while junior Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass.) made 4-of-6 field goal attempts for all 10 of his points in the opening session.
Sophomore Nathan Clarke (Reading, Mass.) and freshman Max Coleman (Londonderry, N.H.) also chipped in with 15 points apiece for PSU. The Panthers got playing time for 15 different players, with 12 getting into the scoring column.
Sophomore Corbin Polec (Okemos, Mich.) and junior Casey Blanchard (Bernardston, Mass.) led the visitors with 15 points apiece, with each connecting on three buckets from downtown. Senior Justin Rosa (East Brunswick, N.J.) added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.
PSU had a five-point margin in the first six minutes before going on a 10-2 burst over the next three minutes to open up a 13-point lead, 24-11. The Panthers maintained the double-digit advantage, pushing the lead to 20 points (41-21) with four minutes to play. Burt hit a lay-up in the closing seconds of the half to put the hosts up by 23. Lesley got no closer than 20 points in the second half.
Plymouth State, which evened its season record at 3-3, opens Little East Conference play Saturday at Foley Gym, hosting the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at 3:00 p.m., while Lesley (0-4) plays again Wednesday at Emerson College (7:30 p.m.)
-- 30 --