PSU Men’s Basketball tripped up by WestConn

PSU Men’s Basketball tripped up by WestConn

Alisandro posts third double-double in last four games in setback

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Freshman Manny Alisandro (Manchester, N.H.) recorded his sixth double-double of the year, and third in the last four games, but Plymouth State University came up just short in a 79-74 setback to Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference (LEC) men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

            WestConn held a 64-51 lead with seven minutes to play, but the Panthers stormed back using a 23-11 run over the next five-and-a-half minutes to make it a one-point game, 75-74, with 1:35 to play after a three-pointer by junior Jaylen LeRoy (Manchester, N.H.). That would be PSU's final points of the day, however, as the visitors scored the game's final four points to hold on for the win.

            Prior to the game Plymouth State honored senior Mike Osgood (Nashua, N.H.) during a brief ceremony at center court after the 6-8 forward became the 32nd player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark earlier in the week.

            With the loss Plymouth State falls to 11-11 and 5-8 in LEC play, while WestConn improves to 14-6 and 8-3 in league games.


            The Final Score:

            Plymouth State 74, WestConn 79



            Plymouth State (11-11, 5-8 LEC)

            WestConn (14-6, 8-3 LEC)


            How it Happened:

            * The teams traded triples in the opening minute and LeRoy sank two free throws as the Panthers went up 7-3 after the first 2:36 of action.

            * WestConn used a 20-4 run over the next seven-plus minutes to take a 23-11 lead midway through the opening half.

            * Alisandro swished a three from the left corner, was fouled on the shot and drained the ensuing free throw to make it 23-15, but senior Eli Rodriguez (Bristol, Conn.) nailed a three for the Colonials at the other end.

            * Rivera hit from long range and LeRoy's jumper cut the margin to 26-20 with 6:45 left in the half, but WestConn pushed the lead to 12 with a 6-0 spurt.

            * PSU rallied to close the half and Early hit from beyond the arc to cut the deficit to 35-32 at the intermission.

            * Rivera completed an old-fashioned three-point play, then hit from downtown as the Panthers pulled in front, 38-35, two minutes into the second half. PSU led by as many as four, but the Colonials kept the game close.

            * The visitors used an 11-0 run to take a 60-47 lead midway through the second half, and WestConn led by the same margin, 64-51, with seven minutes to go before the Panthers mounted a comeback.

            * Alisandro and Early made tough interior buckets to spark a 10-4 spurt as Alisandro cut the deficit to 68-61 with a pair from the charity stripe with 4:44 left to play.

            * Rivera heated up from long range, sinking back-to-back threes and LeRoy added five straight points to make it a 75-74 game with 1:35 remaining.

            * Senior Rashard Rodriguez (Trumbull, Conn.) got to the basket to make it 77-74 with 64 seconds to go and sophomore Legend Johnson (Waterbury, Conn.) added a free throw for WestConn as the Panthers missed on their last six field goal attempts.


            Inside the Numbers:

            * LeRoy led Plymouth State with a team-high 20 points and added five rebounds, while Alisandro finished with 16 points and 10 boards.

            * Freshman Dante Rivera (Methuen, Mass.) chipped in with 17 points and classmate Bryton Early (Somersworth, N.H.) scored 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench.

            * Osgood added six points and ten boards in the losing effort.

            * WestConn got a game-high 21 points from senior Aaron Samuel (Stratford, Conn.), with Rodriguez adding 15 points off the bench.

            * PSU held a 39-34 edge on the glass and turned 18 WestConn turnovers into 32 points, but the visitors owned the interior, outscoring the Panthers by a 34-20 margin.


            Straight from the Coach's Mouth:

            "We showed great resiliency to come back multiple times," said head coach Andrew Novick. "I think we are realizing the importance of playing consistently over a full 40 minutes, and especially in the second half. Hopefully that important lesson will help us as we prepare for UMass Boston on Wednesday."


            Up Next:

            * PSU hosts the University of Massachusetts Boston in another LEC contest on Wednesday (Feb. 6) at 7:30 p.m.

            * WestConn welcomes the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to town on Monday (Feb. 4) at 7:30 p.m.



Osgood with his parents, brother and head coach Andrew Novick



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