PSU Men’s Basketball surges past Rivier

PSU Men’s Basketball surges past Rivier

Alisandro records first career double-double in victory

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Manny Alisandro (Manchester, N.H.) posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead Plymouth State University to a 65-55 win over Rivier University in the annual Boys and Girls Club Classic at NHTI on Thursday night.

            Junior Jaylen LeRoy (Manchester, N.H.) led the Panthers with 15 first half points, but Rivier would head into halftime holding a 32-29 lead. Alisandro sparked PSU with nine points and 10 rebounds in the second half and freshman Dante Rivera (Methuen, Mass.) added 11 second half points as Plymouth State's defense forced multiple turnovers down the stretch to earn the win.

            With the victory the Panthers move to 3-1 while Rivier dips to 1-3.


            The Basics:

            Plymouth State 65, Rivier 55


            Plymouth State 3-1

            Rivier 1-3


            How it Happened:

            * Rivier used a 9-2 spurt in the early going to build an 11-4 lead less than four minutes into play, but Alisandro put the Panthers up 16-15 with a layup eight minutes later.

            * LeRoy converted an old-fashioned three-point play to put PSU ahead, 23-22, with just under four minutes left in the half.

            * Alisandro came up with a steal and his breakaway dunk put the Panthers up 27-26. Rivera came up with a steal on the Raiders' next possession and he converted a layup to give PSU a three-point cushion, but Rivier answered with triples from freshman Jake Santiago (Manchester, N.H.) and classmate Jalen Watson (Woonsocket, R.I.) to take a 32-29 lead into halftime.

            * Plymouth State maintained a slight advantage throughout most of the second half, until junior Issaiah Chappell (Sunapee, N.H.) evened the game at 49-49 with a trifecta with 5:45 to play. The Panthers answered right back, however, as junior Joe Simpson (Manchester, N.H.) got inside. Alisandro added an interior bucket and LeRoy's jumper gave PSU a 55-49 advantage.

            * Rivier would pull to within two, 55-53, with three minutes to play but the Panthers' defense forced a turnover and Rivera converted an and-one opportunity. The Panthers caused another three Raiders' turnovers to seal the win.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * LeRoy led the Panthers with 19 points and added five rebounds, while Rivera was solid with 17 points, five assists and six steals.

            * Alisandro added five steals to his 14-point, 15-rebound effort.

            * Chappell led the Raiders with 17 point and five rebounds.

            * PSU went 0-15 from beyond the arc to break a string of 104 straight games with at least one made three-pointer. The last time the Panthers were held without a triple was Feb. 1, 2014 in a 59-56 loss at Eastern Connecticut State.

            * Plymouth State turned 19 River turnovers into 26 points at the other end, and owned a 30-18 advantage on the glass.

            * The Raiders' reserves outscored their counterparts by a 19-1 margin.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "It was a hard fought game," said head coach Andrew Novick. "I give Rivier credit for the way they battled us for 40 minutes. We did a good job defensively down the stretch to create some turnovers and convert on the other end."


            Up Next:

            * Plymouth State heads to Northern Vermont University-Lyndon for a non-conference game on Saturday (Nov. 17). Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

            * Rivier hosts New England College on Tuesday (Nov. 20) for a 5:00 p.m. contest.




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