Rivera leads four Panthers in double figures
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Dante Rivera (Methuen, Mass.) scored 23 points to lead four players in double figures as Plymouth State University used a second half surge to post a 75-63 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a Little East Conference (LEC) men's basketball game at the Tripp Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon.
Rivera went 5-of-8 from long distance and made 7-of-12 shots from the floor on his way to the game high. Senior Jaylen LeRoy (Manchester, N.H.) added 19 points, while junior Devin Cooper (Newfield, N.Y.) returned to the line up and posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double. Freshman Cody Graham (Rye, N.H.) added 17 points off the bench.
Plymouth State moves above .500 at 8-7 and goes to 3-4 in the Little East, while the Corsairs dip to 10-7 overall and 5-3 in conference play.
Plymouth State 75, UMass Dartmouth 63
Plymouth State (8-7, 3-4 LEC)
UMass Dartmouth (10-7, 5-3 LEC)
How it Happened.
- The Panthers shot a blistering 56% in the first half to open up a 38-35 advantage at the break, but UMD pulled ahead with a 14-5 run to open the second half to grab a 49-43 lead on sophomore Marcus Azor's (Brockton, Mass.) conventional three-point play with 14:49 remaining.
- Plymouth State responded with nine unanswered points over the next four minutes to regain a 51-49 edge and, after the score was knotted for the final time at 53-53, Rivera's three-pointer with 9:31 to play gave PSU the lead for good.
- UMass Dartmouth crept back to within one two possessions later, but LeRoy's triple, coupled with free throws from Rivera and Graham down the stretch, iced the Panthers' win.
Inside the Numbers:
- Rivera connected for five treys for his game-high 23 points. He has been on fire from distance as of late, hitting at least five triples in three straight games while shooting 17-of-28 (60.7%) from beyond the arc during that span.
- With his 19 points, LeRoy moves into fourth place among the Panthers' all-time leading scorers with 1,569 for his career. All three players above him totaled more than 2,000 career points.
- UMD held a 39-29 advantage on the boards, but Plymouth State turned 17 Corsairs' turnovers into 20 points.
- Plymouth State heads to UMass Boston on Wednesday (Jan. 22) for a 7:30 p.m. contest with the Beacons.
***Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information***
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