Panthers Streak Stopped at Keene State

February 8th, 2000 by Adam

The KSC women captured the opening contest of the evening, 60-49, but the PSC men came back to register a 111-110 overtime victory in the nightcap. It was the first Panther
triumph of any kind against Keene State this school year, following 11 consecutive Owl victories.

In the women’s game, Julie Tardiff (Atkinson, NH) had a game-high 15 points and Megan Jalbert (Jaffrey, NH) and Hayley Alaimo (Ellington, Conn.) each added 10 points to
lead the Owls to the 11-point win and season sweep of the Panthers. Senior Courtney Jacques (Belmont, NH) had 11 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Panthers, and freshman
Courtney Albert (Hudson, NH) added 10 points.

With the victory, Keene State improves to 13-8 overall and 7-4 in the LEC. PSC, which had its four-game winning streak stopped, falls to 14-6 and 5-5.

The Owls, who led 30-17 at the break, withstood a comeback attempt by the Panthers in the second half. A basket by Jacques closed the gap to six points (52-46) with 2:10 left to
play, but free throws by Tardiff and Kerrie Raymond (Goffstown, NH) sealed the win for KSC.

The men’s game came down to the final buzzer for the second straight meeting, finishing in a one-point decision. KSC’s Derek Swenson (Attleboro, Mass.) and Evan
Breckenridge (Ringe, NH) each missed shots in the closing seconds of overtime enabling PSC to hold on for the win.

Panther freshman Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, NH) scored what proved to be the winning points seconds earlier when he hit two free throws with 14 seconds on the clock. He
had missed an attempt in the last second of a 97-96 Keene State win in Plymouth last month.

The victory improves PSC’s record to 12-9 overall and 5-6 in the LEC, while KSC dips to 13-8 and 6-5. The Owls were playing without top scorer Chris Coates, who will miss the
remainder of the season with a foot injury.

Leading 53-48 at the break, PSC built up a 12-point lead early in the second half. Keene State fought back to take a 74-73 lead with 11:20 remaining, and it was a see-saw battle
the rest of the way. With the score tied at 99-all, Keene’s David Stantial (Beverly, Mass.) had a chance to win the game in the final seconds of regulation, just as he did last month in
Plymouth, but he was off target with a three-point shot.

The lead went back-and-forth in the overtime, and Keene State took it last lead with 28 seconds remaining, but Stewart was fouled by Swenson and the freshman guard hit the
two winning free throws.

Seven PSC players scored in double figures, including junior Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH) who led a balanced Panther attack with 20 points. The rest of the double-figure
scorers included Jason Blackburn (Hudson, Mass.) with 19, Stewart with 16, Dan Craig (Chelmsford, Mass.) with 15, Shannon Gallagher (Plymouth, NH) with 11, and Mark Dunham
(Deryr, NH) and JaModi Robinson (Framingham, Mass.) with 10 apiece.

The Panther women are at home Thursday (Feb. 10) to host Rhode Island College (7 p.m.), and both teams will be at Foley Gymnasium this Saturday (Feb. 12) to host UMass
Boston in a Little East Conference twinbill (women at 1 p.m., men at 3 p.m.).