February 11, 2012

Panthers Claw Past Men's Basketball, 82-72

PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Four out of five starters scored in double figures Saturday afternoon as Plymouth State University defeated men's basketball, 82-72, in Little East Conference men's basketball action on Senior Day at Foley Gym.

Sophomore Petey Skevas led the way for PSU, posting a double-double with a team-high 14 points and 10 assists.  The other three Panthers to reach double figures were Kyle Walker with 13 points, Brian Chergey with 12, and Jesse Sabolis with 10.

PSU, which shot a season-high 56.4 percent from the field, improves to 8-14 overall and 3-9 in conference play, and is tied with the University of Southern Maine for sixth place in the conference standings.  The two squads will meet on Tuesday.

UMass Boston also placed four players in double figures, led by freshman guard Vinny DeLucia (Miami, Fla.), who scored a game-high 24 points.  Classmate Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds, and Cody Edmond (Plaquemine, La.) and Quadry Allen (White Castle, La.) chipped in with 12 and 10 points off the bench, respectively.  The Beacons fell to 5-18 overall and 1-11 in the LEC.

There were five ties and six lead changes in a tightly-contested first half.  PSU had an early eight-point margin, but UMass Boston ran off eight straight to pull even, including three-pointers by Allen and DeLucia. Allen hit another three with 3:30 to play to give the Beacons their first lead, but PSU bounced back to take a one-point margin (34-33) into the intermission.

After the break Plymouth State charged out of the second half gate as well, combining for eight unanswered points as Chergey hit a three, Walker converted a lay-up from Chergey, and Sabolis drained three free throws after being fouled on a long-range shot.  A layup by sophomore Kevin Cressy pushed PSU's lead into double digits (45-34).

Even with the large lead hanging over their heads, the Beacons did not go down without a fight.  Within the final five minutes of play UMass Boston put together an impressive 16-5 run cutting the Panthers lead down to seven.  Unfortunately despite their best efforts, the Beacons could not beat out the clock as Plymouth State held on for the conference victory.

 Men's Basketball hosts UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.