Panthers' clutch free throw shooting seals non-conference win
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University sank all ten of its free throw attempts in the final two minutes to hold off Colby-Sawyer College, 88-83, in a thrilling, non-conference men's basketball game at Foley Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Plymouth State appeared to have things under control, leading 65-50 with 10:31 to play, but the Chargers mounted a furious comeback to tie the game at 74-74 with three minutes remaining. The lead changed hands five times over the final few minutes, with senior Joe Simpson (Manchester, N.H.) draining three free throws to give the Panthers a 79-78 lead with 1:14 to play. Colby-Sawyer went back ahead on a driving layup by freshman Scott Lampron (Tilton, N.H.), but junior Devin Cooper (Newfield, N.Y.) answered with an and-one for PSU and clutch free throw shooting kept the Chargers at bay.
With the win Plymouth State moves to 4-2, while Colby-Sawyer dips to 3-2.
Plymouth State 88, Colby-Sawyer 83
Plymouth State (4-2)
How it Happened.
- Simpson and senior Jaylen LeRoy (Manchester, N.H.) hit back-to-back triples to give the Panthers a 17-14 lead midway through the first half.
- The Chargers stayed within striking distance, however, and Lampron's layup knotted the game at 28-28 with three minutes in the half.
- Plymouth State capped the first half with a 10-4 spurt, punctuated by Cooper's dunk, to give the hosts a 38-32 lead at the break.
- PSU played with the lead throughout most of the second half, using a 13-4 spurt to push the advantage to 65-50 with 10:31 left on the clock.
- Lampron started the comeback for the Chargers with an interior bucket and freshman Omar Boone (Colorado City, Texas) squared the game at 74-74 with a three-pointer with three minutes remaining.
- Things went back and forth from there. PSU went ahead, but Boone snagged an offensive rebound after splitting a pair of free throws, then buried another triple on the ensuing possession for a 78-76 lead.
- Simpson was fouled behind the arc on PSU's next possession, calming sinking all three free throws, but Lampron answered with a basket on the other end to give Colby-Sawyer an 80-79 lead with under a minute to go.
- Cooper was fouled on a drive, hitting both the layup and the ensuing free throw and sophomore Dante Rivera (Methuen, Mass.) went four-of-four at the line to push the margin to 86-80 with nine seconds to go.
- Senior Patrick Coffey (Westford, Mass.) nailed a three for the Chargers to cut the deficit in half, but LeRoy sealed the win with another two from the charity stripe as Plymouth State held on for the win.
Inside the Numbers:
- Rivera led all players with 22 points, shooting 9-of-11 from the line, while adding six rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
- Cooper was 7-of-10 from the floor on the way to 18 points and eight rebounds, while Simpson and sophomore Manny Alisandro (Manchester, N.H.) added 15 points apiece.
- Boone led the Chargers with 21 on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-6 from distance, while Coffey added 20 points and seven boards. Lampron chipped in with 15.
- Colby-Sawyer owned a 43-37 edge on the glass, but Plymouth State scored 25 points off 19 Chargers' turnovers.
- PSU's starting five accounted for 79 of the team's 88 points, while Colby-Sawyer got 22 points from its bench.
Straight From the Coach's Mouth:
"What a great team effort," said head coach Andrew Novick. "I was really proud of the way our team battled today. We need to go home and enjoy our time with family and friends and then get refocused for next Wednesday night."
- The Panthers are back on the court a week from Wednesday (Dec. 4) for a non-conference tilt at Saint Joseph's of Maine starting at 7:00 p.m.
- Colby-Sawyer hosts Rivier next Tuesday (Dec. 3) at 7:00 p.m.
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