Five Panthers finish in double figures in non-conference loss
POULTNEY, Vt. – Green Mountain College took advantage of 38 trips to the free throw line on the way to a 97-84 win over Plymouth State University in non-conference men's basketball Thursday night.
The Panthers (11-2) had five players finish in double figures and shot an even 50% (33-of-66) from the field, but were unable to slow down one of the nation's top offenses. Green Mountain (8-2) currently sits 10th in the country in scoring offense, averaging 93.3 points per game. The Eagles did much of their damage from the free throw line, where they outscored PSU 26-12.
Plymouth State was led by junior Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.), who finished with 16 points. Senior Uche Nwokeji (Lynn, Mass.) was an efficient 7-of-11 from the floor, tallying 15 points to go with seven rebounds, while sophomore Brian Boulay (Keene, N.H.) added 13 points of his own. Junior Nathan Clarke (Reading, Mass.) and freshman Mike Osgood (Nashua, N.H.) each chipped in 11 points, while junior Jack Preston (Nashua, N.H.) contributed nine points and six rebounds.
Green Mountain got double-doubles from senior Mychal Parker (Washington, N.C.) and junior Thomas Brown (Charlottesville, Va.). Parker finished with game-highs of 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Brown added 16 points and 11 boards. The Eagles also got key performances off the bench from senior Sampson Dale (Charlottesville, Va.) and sophomore Boo Agee (Waynesboro, Va.). The duo combined for 33 points.
The Eagles jumped out to a 10-2 lead over the first four minutes behind two three-pointers from Parker but PSU would stay within striking distance. Midway through the opening half Arsenault scored seven straight points for the Panthers, giving PSU an 18-17 lead. A pair of three-pointers by Agee, sandwiched around two free throws from Parker, gave GMC a 25-20 lead, but Plymouth State tied the game at 32-32 after freshman Liam Densmore (Portland, Maine) connected from long-range. The two teams played even for the remainder of the half and entered the half tied at 40-40.
Neither team was able to gain much of an edge through the first 13 minutes of the second half. A Nwokeji layup knotted the game at 61-61 with just over 10 minutes to play, but Agee responded with an interior bucket and the Eagles would not trail again. Two free throws from Arsenault cut the Panther deficit to 76-71 with four minutes left, but GMC responded with a 14-3 run over the next 2:38 to put the game out of reach.
Plymouth State will jump into the heart of Little East Conference (LEC) play when it hosts Eastern Connecticut State University Saturday (3:00 p.m.). PSU closes out the regular season with 12 straight league games. The Panthers and Warriors, along with Western Connecticut State, all stand atop the conference at 2-0. Green Mountain will host Castleton University (3:00 p.m.) in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action.
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