Offense cruises as PSU Men’s Basketball tops Newbury

Offense cruises as PSU Men’s Basketball tops Newbury

Panthers put up most points in nearly six years in non-conference win

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men's basketball team put up the most points in nearly six years to top Newbury College, 96-86, in a non-conference game at Foley Gymnasium on Thursday night.

            The Panthers improve to 8-12 on the year, while Newbury drops to 4-15.

            The game featured two of the top 30 scorers in NCAA Division III in PSU sophomore Jaylen Leroy (Manchester, N.H.) and Newbury senior Jeduan Langston (Roxbury, Mass.), and while neither disappointed they both finished as the second high-scorers on their respective teams.

            PSU was led by junior Mike Osgood (Nashua, N.H.), who topped all scorers with 32 points in 22 minutes off the bench. He has now eclipsed the 30-point mark in three of his last five contests. The 6-8 forward finished 12-of-19 from the floor (63.2%) while grabbing seven rebounds. Leroy poured in 28, including a quartet of triples, and freshman Ruay Bol (South Portland, Maine) added 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting and seven boards. Junior Chase Soares (Falmouth, Mass.) ran the offense, dishing out 13 of the Panthers' 20 assists.

            Langston finished with 21 points and seven rebounds for the Nighthawks, but was outdone by senior Daivon Edwards (Roxbury, Mass.) who ended with 22 points and eight boards. Sophomore Wayne Massey (Gwynn Oak, Md.) added 17 points, while freshman Miguel Rivera (Waterbury, Conn.) chipped in with 10.

            Plymouth jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the opening minutes, but Edwards connected from beyond the arc three straight times. Leroy answered from downtown on the other end to tie the score at 11-11 after six minutes. The lead went back and forth, with neither team able to gain more than a three-point advantage until a Langston layup but the visitors up 20-15 with 9:40 left in the first half. The Panthers chipped away and freshman Sam Bonney-Liles (Hudson, N.H.) hit from long range, then Osgood swished back-to-back threes to give PSU a 33-26 lead with six minutes left.

            Bonney-Liles dove to the floor to tip away the ball from a Newbury player, then flipped it ahead to Bol, whose dunk gave the Panthers their biggest lead of the first half, 44-35, and a pair of Nighthawks' free throws made it 44-37 at the break.

            Newbury scored four quick points to open the second half and cut the deficit to 44-41, but PSU got hot from distance. Plymouth connected from long range on four-straight possessions, including three from Leroy, to pull ahead 56-43 after three minutes. PSU pushed the lead up to 16, 68-52, after a three from Bol, but Newbury didn't fold.

            The Nighthawks answered with an 8-0 run to cut into the margin and moments later Rivera's triple made it a five point game, 70-65, with 9:05 remaining, but that was as close as they would get as the Panthers were solid from the free throw line down the stretch.

            Plymouth shot over 50% for the second time this season, ending 32-of-63 (50.8%), while Newbury finished 30-of-65 (46.2%) from the floor. The Nighthawks struggled from the charity stripe, though, finishing just 16-of-31 (51.6%) compared to Plymouth's 20-of-27 (74.1%).

            PSU heads back into conference play to close out the final five games of the regular season, starting with a home match-up against Western Connecticut State University on Saturday.



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