Leroy, Osgood lead Panthers to victory in non-conference tilt
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Sophomore Jaylen Leroy (Manchester, N.H.) and junior Mike Osgood (Nashua, N.H.) combined for 53 points to lead Plymouth State University to a 78-77, come-from-behind victory over Pine Manor College in a non-conference men's basketball game at Brunelli Court on Tuesday night.
The Panthers (7-12) trailed by 15, 69-54, with 10:30 to play, but outscored the Gators (7-12) by a 24-8 margin to earn the win.
Pine Manor opened the second half with a 48-41 lead and the teams traded baskets over the first few minutes. A three-pointer from Leroy made it 55-51 with just under 17 minutes remaining, when the Gators went on a 14-3 run to seemingly take control.
Osgood grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed three-pointer and sank the put-back and Leroy connected from downtown on the following possession to trim the PMC lead to ten points, 69-59, with just over 9:15 to play.
A triple from junior Rasheed Bell (Dorchester, Mass.) pushed the Pine Manor advantage back to 12, 73-61, with 7:06 to go, but PSU rallied to score 15 of the next 18 points, capped by a long ball from freshman Sam Bonney-Liles (Hudson, N.H.) to even the game at 76-apiece with just 1:20 remaining.
Bell was fouled on the ensuing possession, but only sank one-of-two from the charity stripe. The Panthers had multiple shots on the next possession but couldn't connect and sophomore Steven Collins (Lynn, Mass.) came up with a huge steal for the Gators with just 40 seconds left. Pine Manor succeeded to burn some clock, but a costly turnover gave the ball back to Plymouth with 13 seconds to play.
With just five seconds on the clock, Leroy was fouled from behind the arc and he sank two-of-three from the line to put the Panthers up and complete the comeback. Pine Manor had an opportunity at a final shot, but committed another turnover and the clock expired.
Leroy finished with a game-high 27 points and drained 5-of-13 from long range, while Osgood put up 26 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Scrappy senior Collin Sullivan (Plymouth, N.H.) finished with six points and six boards, while Bonney-Liles ended with eight points and five rebounds.
The Gators got a solid performance from Bell, who ended with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Junior Ellis Reid (Hartford, Conn.) notched a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while classmate Jamel Hamans (Meriden, Conn.) added ten points.
PSU will look to carry some momentum into Thursday's game with Newbury College. The non-conference match-up will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. at Foley Gymnasium.
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