Leroy and Osgood lead Panthers to come-from-behind win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Jaylen Leroy (Manchester, N.H.) and junior Mike Osgood (Nashua, N.H.) combined for 64 points as the Plymouth State University men's basketball team came back from 12 points down to top Keene State College, 84-75, in overtime in a Little East Conference (LEC) game at Foley Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Panthers earn a season-series split with KSC to improve to 10-14 (2-11 LEC), while the Owls fall to 16-8 and 10-3 in league games.
PSU trailed 63-56 with 2:23 remaining in regulation but clutch shooting from Osgood and Leroy led to the comeback. Leroy completed an old-fashioned three-point play and Osgood banked in a turnaround jumper off the glass to cut the margin to 63-61 just 1:21 left.
Freshman Sidi Diallo (Lowell, Mass.) got open under the basket at the other end, but Leroy drilled a three-pointer to bring the Panthers to within one, 65-64, with under a minute to go. Needing a stop on the defensive end, senior Collin Sullivan (Plymouth, N.H.) forced a tie-up, but the possession arrow favored Keene. Junior Ty Nichols (Springfield, Mass.) got loose on the in-bounds play but Osgood made a key block.
Freshman James Anozie (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) sank one-of-two free throws and, following a PSU miss from long range, Anozie went back to the line where he again made one-of-two to give the visitors a 67-64 lead with 13.8 seconds to play. Osgood brought the ball down and swished a three from the right wing to even the game with seven seconds to go and Keene's final shot was off the mark.
PSU controlled the overtime period. After freshman Jordan Haywood (Spring Valley, N.Y.) connected once from the charity stripe for the Owls, freshman Ruay Bol (South Portland, Maine) sank a three from the corner to give the Panthers their first lead since the midpoint of the second half. Osgood had a drive through traffic with a tough finish, then hit a three from the left wing to give Plymouth a 75-69 lead. After a quick KSC basket, Leroy hit from downtown then Osgood came up with a steal and Leroy finished in traffic to make it 80-71 with 51 seconds remaining. Osgood was clutch from the line and PSU held on for the 84-75 win.
Plymouth had jumped out to a 10-2 lead through the first three minutes, but Nichols scored eight points during a 10-0 run to give Keene State the lead. With the game tied at 21, the Owls used another 10-0 spurt, capped by senior Dizel Wright's (Springfield, Mass.) layup, to make it 31-21 with 4:45 left in the first half. A pair of Nichols free throws gave KSC its biggest lead of the night, 39-27, late in the half.
Leroy finished with a game-high 34 points, including four three-pointers, while Osgood had 30 points and 11 rebounds while connecting three times from distance. Sullivan came up with some key defensive plays and added six boards and six assists to go with his five points.
Nichols led the Owls with 20 points, with half of them coming from the free throw line. Wright added 16 points and seven rebounds, while Haywood chipped in with 12 points and eight boards off the bench. Anozie was the fourth Owls in double-figures, finishing with 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
Plymouth State will host Rhode Island College in a Senior Day game on Saturday with top-off set for 3:00 p.m.
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