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PSU Men’s Basketball cruises past Rivier

PSU Men’s Basketball cruises past Rivier

Arsenault scores 1,000th career point in season-opening win

             CONCORD, N.H. – Seniors Curtis Arsenault (Berlin, N.H.), Ernie Johnson (Springfield, Mass.) and Jack Preston (Nashua, N.H.) scored 14 points apiece as Plymouth State University defeated Rivier University, 84-60, in men's basketball action Tuesday night at the New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI).  Arsenault drilled a three-pointer off a kick-out from senior Nathan Clarke (Reading, Mass.) early in the first half to become the 28th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark.

            The Panthers started to pull away late in the first half and a triple just before the buzzer from junior Collin Sullivan (Plymouth, N.H.) put PSU in front 43-32 at the break.  Plymouth State maintained control throughout the second half to win the Boys & Girls Club Classic match-up with Rivier for the fourth straight season.

THE BASICS

  Dr. Goldie Crocker Wellness Center, NHTI, Concord, N.H. – Tues., Nov. 15, 2016

  Plymouth State 84, Rivier 60

  Records:

  Plymouth State 1-0; Rivier 0-1

PSU LEADERS

  * Arsenault … 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals, three blocks

  * Johnson … 14 points (7-of-12), six rebounds, two assists

  * Preston … 14 points, team-high nine rebounds

  * Freshman Jaylen Leroy (Manchester, N.H.) … 13 points (5-of-7), three rebounds

  * Clarke … seven assists, four rebounds

BY THE NUMBERS

  * Plymouth State connected on 33-of-69 from the floor (47.8%), while holding the Raiders to 21-of-61 (34.4%) shooting.

  * PSU controlled the interior, outrebounding Rivier 47-28 and holding a 40-20 advantage on points in the paint.

  * The Panther bench accounted for more than half the team's points, erupting for 45 points to Rivier's 20.

  
Arsenault with Head Coach Andrew Novick  

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half:

  * Arsenault wasted little time in reaching the career milestone.  After freshman Tristian Givens (Windsor, Conn.) gave Rivier a 3-0 lead with a three-pointer, Arsenault responded with a triple of his own off a feed from Clarke to tie the game and give the senior 1,001 career points.

  * The two teams went back and forth through the early stages of the opening half.  Leroy's first career points came from long range to put PSU up 21-20 with 7:39 remaining in the first half.

  * A pair of free throws from Rivier senior Kevin Francis (Cromwell, Conn.) brought the Raiders to within 34-30 with 2:24 to play in the half.

  * PSU answered with a 9-2 run, including Sullivan's long ball, to take a 43-32 lead into the break.

Second Half:

  * The Panthers maintained an 11-point advantage through the first six minutes of the second half, before a Leroy layup sparked an 8-0 PSU run.

  * Leroy added a jumper during the spurt, with Johnson and junior Max Coleman (Londonderry, N.H.) each scoring as well.

  * Leroy had a strong second half, scoring eight points in just 10 minutes on 3-of-5 shooting.

  * A layup from Arsenault pushed the lead to 21 points, 69-48, with 7:32 to play.

  * Freshman Nathan Hale (Nashua, N.H.) scored his first career points off a jumper to give the Panthers a 77-52 lead with 2:27 remaining. 

  * Hale added another bucket with just under a minute remaining to give PSU its largest lead, 84-58, before a Rivier layup wrapped up the scoring.

NEXT UP

  Plymouth State vs. Norwich University, Plymouth, N.H. – Thurs., Nov. 17 (7:00 p.m.)

  Rivier vs. Unity College, Nashua, N.H. – Fri., Nov. 18 (6:00 p.m.)

 

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