Four Panthers score in double figures to extend record to 8-0
PLYMOUTH, N.H.. – Juniors Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) and Jack Preston (Nashua, N.H.) combined for 41 points Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated Rhode Island College, 77-63, in Little East Conference men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
PSU improves to 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in conference play, the best start to a season in school history. RIC drops to 1-7 and 0-1.
Arsenault was the game's top scorer with 21 points, including three long distance efforts from 3-point range, while Preston tallied 20 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Freshman Mike Osgood (Nashua, N.H.) added 11 points, sophomore Brian Boulay (Keene, N.H.) contributed 10 points and a game-high seven assists, and senior captain Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass.) scored on all of his three field goal and free throw attempts for nine points.
The Anchormen were paced by sophomore Chris Green (Taunton, Mass.) with 18 points. Junior Terrance Tribble (White Plains, N.Y.) added 12 points with eight rebounds, while freshman Justin Campbell (New Haven, Conn.) was the only other double digit scorer for the Anchormen with 10 points.
The first half would remain a tight affair, with back and forth scoring, before the Panthers went on a 10-3 run, through the last 2:49 minutes of action, to go into the locker room with a 46-38 lead. At the break, the Panthers were perfect on free throws (8-8), while shooting 50% from distance.
The Panthers were out of the blocks quickly in the second half, opening up a 14-point lead through the first two minutes (52-38), before the game settled into a back and forth rhythm as the teams traded baskets. The Panthers would step on the gas down the stretch, opening up the biggest lead of the game (74-55) on a Boulay lay-up. RIC would close the game through the final two minutes, as the Panthers settled for a 12-point advantage and the victory.
The Panthers will look to maintain their momentum at non-conference foe Tufts Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. RIC will play its next game at home Tuesday vs. Johnson & Wales at 7:00 p.m.
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