Panthers drop LEC match-up in 2015 debut
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – Sophomore forward Hugh Lindo (Enfield, Conn.) and junior guard Trachone Preston (Enfield, Conn.) scored 15 points apiece and a smothering Eastern Connecticut State University defense held Plymouth State University to 41 points Saturday in a 66-41 Little East Conference men's basketball triumph at Geissler Gymnaisum.
Ranked No. 19 nationally, Eastern (10-2, 2-0 LEC) recorded its 21st straight regular-season conference victory by winnings its 13th straight regular-season home game. Plymouth State (3-7, 0-2 LEC) dropped its fourth straight game this year after splitting its first six and fell for the 10th straight time to Eastern.
Junior forward Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass.) came off the bench to lead PSU scorers with eight points, while senior forward Michael Elliott-Baltimore (North Lauderdale, Fla.) had seven points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) and sophomore guard Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) – the team's double-figure scorers on the season – combined for 14 points. Arsenault played only the second half, scoring seven. Burt added four assists and six rebounds.
After the Panthers took their only lead of the game, the Warriors answered with the next eight points to take the lead for good, 13-6, seven minutes into action. Eastern pushed the lead to double figures and moved out to a 14-point, 25-11 lead with seven minutes left in the first half.
Junior guard Kevin Leumene (Stamford, Conn.) added 12 points and junior guard Michael-Thomas Sciro (Westerly, RI) contributed a career-high 11 points for Eastern. Making his first start of the year due to an injury to senior forward Brandon Yarborough (Stamford, Conn.), sophomore forward Brandon Kuczenski (Naugatuck, Conn.) combined with Lindo and Leumene for 19 rebounds.
Eastern hosts No. 15 Amherst College Tuesday at 7 p.m. PSU plays its third straight road game Tuesday with a visit to Johnson State College.
(Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information)
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