Plymouth State Claws Past Men's Basketball, 63-54

BOSTON, Mass. - Despite a game-high 23 points from junior Gregory Young (Boston, Mass.) men's basketball was unable to get past the Panthers of Plymouth State University as they were handed a 63-54 Little East Conference loss Tuesday evening in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.

With Tuesday's loss the Beacons fell to 5-7, 0-4 in the Little East Conference. For the Panthers they earned their first win over UMass Boston since the 2011-12 season and improved their record to 8-5, 2-2 in the conference.

Young's day was solid from start to finish as the junior forward continues to put together an impressive 2014.  From the field he finished 8-for-16, with four of those coming from behind the arc.  At the line he finished 3-for-8.  He also grabbed six boards, and picked-up four steals.

Plymouth State was led by three double-figure scorers with Petey Skevas finishing with a team-best 19 points.  The conference's top playmaker entered Tuesday's contest ranked tied for 11th in the country in assists per game as he totaled five assists to help his team to the victory. 

Alongside the guard were Alex Burt and Curtis Arsenault who each dropped in 12 points.  Arsenault was also one of three Panthers to pull down a game-high six rebounds as Plymouth State dominated the glass finishing with a 41-25 advantage in boards.

The first half was a back-and-forth exchange which saw the two teams exchanging control of the lead a total of nine times.  Plymouth State would trail only once in the second half as they used an exploded offensively to open up the final frame. 

What was a one-point game at half with the Beacons leading 30-29 quickly turned into a 10-point lead in favor of the visitors in the first six minutes of the second.  The 13-2 run gave Plymouth State all the momentum they needed.  UMass Boston did cut the lead down to five with less than seven minutes to play after Carl Joseph (Brockton, Mass.) hit a jumper.

Joseph closed out Tuesday's contest with 11 points, including a huge alley oop dunk off of a pass from Omar Benabicha (Saugus, Mass.).  The Brockton native also had one block and one assist as well. 

Unfortunately Arsenault would record five straight points (1 field goal, 2 free throws) to push the Panthers lead to nine.  Young cut it back to six on a huge 3-pointer, but with Arsenault and Skevas firing on all cylinders the Beacons could to not retake the lead. 

Men's Basketball returns to action on Thursday when they travel to Bridgewater State University for a 7:30 p.m. non-conference game.