CONCORD, N.H. – Junior Andrew St. Clair (Pittsfield, Maine) finished with a game-high 22 points and 19 rebounds Tuesday night as Colby-Sawyer College’s men’s basketball team defeated Plymouth State University, 91-83, in the second game of the Jacob’s Bridge Through Autism Classic, hosted by New Hampshire technical Institute.
The Chargers recorded their first victory in the five years of the event and improved to 2-1 this season. PSU evened its mark at 2-2. Keene State rolled past New England College in the opening game of the night, 95-63.
There were eight ties and 17 lead changes in a close first half, with Colby-Sawyer ending the first 20 minutes with a 49-45 advantage. The Chargers pulled ahead with an 18-8 run midway through the second half to take a 74-64 lead with eight minutes remaining. CSC led by as much as 12 points (84-72) and PSU got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Colby-Sawyer shot only 45.8 percent as a team, but hit 53 percent from three-point range (8-of-15), while PSU connected at 53 percent from the field overall, but made only 20 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-20) and 50 percent from the free throw line (9-of-18). The Chargers also had a 46-36 advantage on the boards.
In addition to St. Clair, CSC got 17 points from senior Chris Condon (Reading, Mass.) and 16 points from sophomore Pat Kenny (Wethersfield, Conn.).
Sophomore Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, N.Y.) led the Panthers with 21 points, eight rebounds, and six steals, while senior Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) added 15 points and six assists. Junior Kevin Boutilier (North Andover, Mass.) contributed 12 points (on 6-of-7 shooting), and sophomore Mike Walcek (Dover, N.H.) chipped in with 11 points and eight boards.
PSU gets right back into action Thursday evening with a tough non-conference encounter at Salem State (8:00 p.m.). CSC opens Commonwealth Coast Conference action Saturday at Nichols (3:00 p.m.).
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