Late rally comes up short, Bol nets career-high
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Ruay Bol (South Portland, Maine) scored a career-high 19 points but the Plymouth State University men's basketball team couldn't overcome a second half deficit in an 83-72 setback to the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference (LEC) contest at Foley Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
In a whistle-happy contest the two teams combined for 56 personal fouls, four technicals and 85 free throw attempts. The Panthers came up on the short end of a number of calls as the visitors made more free throws (37) than PSU had attempts (36).
Plymouth State has dropped four-straight to fall to 6-9 (0-6 LEC), while the Huskies break a 14-game losing streak to improve to 2-14 (1-5 LEC).
USM jumped out to an 11-4 lead in the first five minutes on a three-pointer from freshman DJ Anderson (Houston, Texas). PSU responded with a 10-3 run to even the game at 14-apiece. Junior Mike Osgood (Nashua, N.H.) had eight points in the stretch.
Southern Maine pulled back in front but the Panthers were able to keep the game within reach. Bol's free throw with 1:41 remaining cut the PSU deficit to 30-24, but senior Cam Scott (Hampden, Maine) had a tip-in at the buzzer to give the visitors a 32-24 lead at the break.
The Huskies used a 14-0 run to pull away in the second half. USM took a 68-48 lead with 6:37 remaining but the Panthers refused to go quietly. PSU used the long ball to spark a 17-6 run over the next four minutes, cutting the deficit to single digits. Densmore and sophomore Janvier Johnson (Glastonbury, Conn.) hit from long range on consecutive possessions and, after a pair of free throws for senior Christian McCue (Hampden, Maine), Densmore and junior Chris Calnan (Wakefield, Mass.) each connected from distance. Bol came up with a steal and his acrobatic layup made it a 74-65 game with 2:27 left.
Seconds later Densmore's fourth triple made it an eight-point game, 76-68, but that was as close as the Panthers would get. McCue and Anderson combined to go seven-for-eight from the stripe to hold on for the win.
Bol added six rebounds to his 19-point total in just 22 minutes off the bench, with Densmore added 14 points. Osgood had 16 points and senior Kieran Beck (Danvers, Mass.) led Plymouth with eight rebounds.
Anderson finished with a career-high 29 points for the Huskies, with McCue adding 26, including 20-of-23 shooting from the free throw line. Anderson finished 12-of-15 from the charity stripe and pulled down 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.
Both teams are back in league action on Saturday. The Panthers travel to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a 3:00 p.m. game, while USM hosts Western Connecticut State at 3:00 p.m.
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