PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Senior Ryan Chicoine (Gorham, Maine) posted career highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds Tuesday night, leading Plymouth State University’s men’s basketball team to a 90-69 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston at Foley Gymnasium.
The win extends PSU winning streak to four games and improves the Panthers to 11-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. The Beacons fall to 3-10 overall and 0-4 in the LEC.
Chicoine hit 8-of-11 shots from the field, while collecting nine of his rebounds off the offensive glass. He also blocked two shots and added an assist and a steal. His previous career highs were 17 points and 14 rebounds (both accomplished twice during his sophomore season, but not in the same game).
Joining Chicoine in the PSU scoring parade were freshman Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 14 points, senior Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H./West) with 12, and junior Jay Boyle (Woburn, Mass.) with 10. Junior Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine), the LEC’s leading scorer, did not score until midway through the second half and finished with only five points (on 2-of-12 shooting), his lowest total in over a year, but made up for it by matching his career high with eight assists.
Freshman Tony Barros (Dorchester, Mass.) turned in a strong effort for the Beacons, scoring a team-high 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds. He hit 6-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point range. Junior Eric Summerville (Little Rock, Ark.) added 14 points for the visitors.
The upset-minded Beacons hung tough in the first half, trailing by only two (33-31) with three minutes left in the first half before going into the break down by 11 (42-31). PSU pulled away in the second half, going up by 17 points (58-41) with 14:37 left and making it a 21-point advantage (67-46) with 10 minutes on the clock. UMB got no closer than 18 points the rest of the way.
PSU is home again Thursday for a non-conference match-up against Saint Joseph’s College (Maine) at 7:30 p.m. UMass Boston is back in action with an LEC affair Saturday at Eastern Connecticut (3:00 p.m.).