Osgood sets career-high for shorthanded Panthers
DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Junior Mike Osgood (Nashua, N.H.) scored a career-high 34 points but Plymouth State University fell to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 100-78, in a Little East Conference (LEC) men's basketball game at the Tripp Athletic Center on Saturday evening.
The shorthanded Panthers, playing without their leading scorer and leading rebounder, dip to 6-10 and 0-7 in LEC games, while the Corsairs move to 10-7 (3-4 LEC).
Osgood finished 14-of-25 from the floor and added a team-high five rebounds. Freshman Ruay Bol (South Portland, Maine) was solid for the second straight game, posting 15 points, four rebounds and five steals in his first career start, while classmate Sam Bonney-Liles (Hudson, N.H.) chipped in with 11 points, including a trio of three-pointers, in his first extended action.
The Corsairs were led by senior Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.) and junior Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria). Imadiyi notched his seventh double-double with a 22-point, 12-rebound effort, while Obiora recorded his tenth double-double with 20 points and 10 boards. Freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) added 21 points, including 5-of-7 from long range, while junior Atakan Akcam (Ankara, Turkey) chipped in with 17 points.
The contest remained tight early on and junior Liam Densmore (Portland, Maine) put PSU in front 9-7 with the first of his three triples. UMD used a 23-10 surge to take a 30-19 lead. The Panthers answered with back-to-back buckets, including another three from Densmore, and, following a jumper from Ashworth, senior Collin Sullivan (Plymouth, N.H.) connected from beyond the arc to cut the deficit to 32-27 with 3:20 left in the half. The hosts closed the half with a 14-3 run to push the advantage to 46-30 at the break.
Despite Osgood registering 24 second half points the Corsairs were able to keep Plymouth State at bay. Osgood pulled the Panthers to within 13, 82-69, with 5:19 to play, but that was as close as they would get.
PSU will look to rebound on Wednesday when the Panthers travel to LEC-rival Keene State for a 7:30 p.m. game.
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