Senior Day win moves Panthers into fourth place
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's basketball team celebrated Senior Day with a 70-49 victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston in Little East Conference (LEC) action at Foley Gymnasium.
In a Senior Day to remember, Nwokeji recorded a double-double, with game highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds. The Panthers received scoring efforts from 11 different players, with junior Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.) also hitting double-digits in a 13-point performance.
Seniors (L-R) Zach Stevens, Uche Nwokeji and Dante Ramos
Photo courtesy of Bruce Clarke.
For UMass Boston, Quadry Allen (White Castle, La.) was the player to hit double figures, finishing with 18 points.
The first period opened with both teams showing a spirited defense, as the score would go back and forth through the opening 13 minutes. Two Nwokeji free throws with 7:17 to play would prove the catalyst for a Panther onslaught, as the home team closed out the half on a 14-2 run for a 31-18 halftime lead.
In an increasingly physical second half, the Panthers would keep the Beacons at arm's length, never allowing the visitors to get with 10 points, and opening their lead by as many as 23 points down the stretch. The undoubted second half highlight for the Panthers was Stevens, who delighted the home crowd with a pair of three-point baskets.
With the LEC playoff picture beginning to take shape, both teams will continue conference action next week. The Panthers (15-8, 6-6 LEC) are currently sitting in a three-way tie with Keene State and UMass Dartmouth for fourth place and a chance for a quarterfinal home playoff game. PSU will travel to Southern Maine on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.), while UMass Boston (6-16, 2-10 LEC) will host UMass Dartmouth Wednesday night (7:30 p.m.).
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