Balanced attack leads Panthers to second straight victory
LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Plymouth State University scored 14 unanswered points over the last eight minutes of the first half Thursday evening, opening up a double-digit lead and the Panthers went on to a 67-56 victory over Lyndon State College in non-conference men's basketball action.
The Panthers won their second straight game to up their record to 5-7, while the Hornets are now 2-8.
Sophomore Nathan Clarke (Reading, Mass.) and Nick MacGregor (Rochester, N.H.) hit three-pointers during the Panthers' first-half rally, while junior Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass.) and senior Michael Elliott-Baltimore (North Lauderdale, Fla.) made baskets and sophomore Ernie Johnson (Springfield, Mass.) was perfect on four free throws. The Panther defense kept the Hornets off the scoreboard from the eight-minute mark until Robert Rouelle hit a three-pointer with just under a minute to go, cutting the margin to 39-29 at halftime.
Lyndon State got the margin down to single digits, 48-39, with just under 12 minutes to play, and down to eight points, 55-47, with seven minutes to go. But that's as close as the Hornets would get as PSU held on the rest of the way.
Four of PSU's five starters finished in double figures in scoring as sophomore Jack Preston (Nashua, N.H./South) tossed in a team-high 14 points, Johnson and senior Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) added 11 apiece and Elliott-Baltimore chipped in with 10. The fifth starter, Clarke, finished with nine points and four assists.
PSU plays its fifth straight road game on Saturday, traveling to Little East Conference foe Western Connecticut State University for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off.
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