Keene State runs past PSU Men’s Basketball

Keene State runs past PSU Men’s Basketball

Alisandro pours in career-high 25 pts in LEC setback 

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Manny Alisandro (Manchester, N.H.) poured in a team-high 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting, but it wasn't enough as Plymouth State University fell to Keene State College, 93-67, in a Little East Conference men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

            Keene State jumped out to a 19-7 lead in the game's first five minutes and never trailed. The Panthers cut the deficit to three, 25-22, on Alisandro's old-fashioned three-point play midway through the first half, but KSC answered with a 10-0 spurt to regain control and the visitors held a 45-36 lead at the half.

            The Owls extended the lead early in the second half. PSU was able to whittle it down to 10 points on multiple occasions, but were unable to get any closer as Keene State closed the game with a flurry to grab the win.

            Plymouth State falls to 8-5 and 4-2 in the LEC, while the Owls improve to 7-6 and 3-2 in league action.


            The Final Score:

            Plymouth State 67, Keene State 93



            Plymouth State (8-5, 4-2 LEC)

            Keene State (7-6, 3-2 LEC)


            How it Happened:

            * The teams traded three-pointers in the early going, until Keene's high energy sparked a 13-2 run and the visitors led 19-7 after 4:23 of action.

            * Freshman Dante Rivera (Methuen, Mass.) canned a three-pointer to bring the Panthers to within 23-18 three minutes later, and Alisandro finished a strong drive and drew a foul to make it a 25-22 game at the midpoint of the first half.

            * Senior Ty Nichols (Springfield, Mass.) sank a three from the left wing to cap a 10-0 spurt for the Owls, but junior Ryan Roggenbuck (Goffstown, N.H.) stopped the run with a finish at the rim after a pretty feed from sophomore Dimmone Marshall (Roslindale, Mass.).

            * Rivera swished two free throws to cut the Keene lead to 40-35 with 1:23 left in the half, but Nichols had five quick points and the Owls lead 45-36 at the break.

            * Keene extended the lead through the first five minutes of the second half, but Alisandro had five straight points and junior Joe Simpson (Manchester, N.H.) hit from distance to pull PSU to 57-47 with 13:51 to play.

            * The teams went back and forth over the next seven minutes and Marshall sank a pair from the charity stripe to cut the Owls' lead to 70-60, but that was as close as the Panthers would get.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * Alisandro finished 9-of-12 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line for his 25 points, while adding nine rebounds and a pair of steals.

            * Simpson added 13 points, three rebounds, three steals and two steals, while Rivera chipped in with 12 points, five boards and four assists.

            * Nichols led all scorers with a game-high 36 points on 14-of-19 shooting, and added eight rebounds and six steals.

            * Freshman Edwin Ezedonmwen added 22 points (8-of-14), and sophomore James Anozie (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) chipped in with 12 points and five boards.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "Keene showed why they are one of the best teams in the LEC," said head coach Andrew Novick. "I thought we really challenged them until the end. Our execution will have to improve as we get ready for a big road test on Thursday."


            Up Next:

            * The Panthers travel to the University of Massachusetts Boston for a league game on Thursday (Jan. 10). Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

            * Keene State hosts Castleton University in a LEC clash on Thursday (Jan. 10) with game-time set for 7:30 p.m.





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