PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore forward Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and six steals Saturday as Plymouth State College’s men’s basketball team upended UMass Dartmouth, 92-80, in a Little East Conference game at Foley Gymnasium.
The win, PSC’s 14th consecutive victory at home dating back to last season, improves the Panthers to 12-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play. UMD, which went to the NCAA Division III Final Four two years ago and won the ECAC New England Championship last season, dropped to an uncharacteristic 6-10 overall and 2-5 in the LEC.
The Corsairs, the pre-season LEC favorites, are in danger of finishing below .500 for the first time since 1988-89. PSC was picked fourth in the pre-season poll, and is still in the hunt for the conference title.
Oglesby was outstanding all afternoon, hitting 8-of-12 field goal attempts as PSC held off several Corsair comeback attempts. Sophomore Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) also had a strong afternoon for the Panthers, finishing with a game-high 27 points, connecting on 9-of-14 from the field and 5-of-9 from three-point range. Senior Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.) also contributed 15 points for the Panthers in the winning effort.
UMD got 20 points from senior Sean Walsh (Bloomfield, Conn.), who was good on 9-of-14 from the field. Freshman Devon Marianno (Rehoboth, Mass.) added 14 points, senior Brian Cagle (Norwich, Conn.) contributed 13, and sophomore Matt McAuliffe (Sutton, Mass.) chipped in with 11.
PSC came from five points down in the first half to take a 42-39 lead at the break. The Panthers extended their lead to double digits midway through the second half, and held on down the stretch.
The Panthers play a pair of LEC road games next week, beginning Tuesday at arch-rival Keene State (7:30 p.m.).