PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was not the way Plymouth State College’s first-year basketball coaches Jim Ferry and Lauren Lavigne wanted to go into the annual season intermission.
The Panther men’s and women’s teams were both hoping for a win Saturday at Rhode Island College before taking a few weeks off for final exams and the holidays, but instead got the opposite. A strong RIC women’s team handed PSC an 85-74 defeat in the early game, and the Anchormen came from behind to force overtime in the nightcap, then went on to a 95-90 victory and give PSC its first loss of the season.
Both teams are still in good shape coming out of the exam/holiday break. Lavigne’s women’s team is 4-4 overall and 0-2 in the Little East Conference, but seven of the eight have been away from home and all four losses were to teams ranked in New England. Ferry’s men’s squad is 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the Little East, owning key regional victories over Salem State and Western Connecticut.
The Panther women do not take the court again until Saturday, Jan. 9, when they host LEC foe UMass Dartmouth at Foley Gymnasium (3:00 p.m.). The men will be back in action right after Christmas, hosting the McDonald’s-Susse Chalet-Palmison Graphics Panther Holiday Classic at Foley Gymnasium on Tues.-Wed., Dec. 29-30. PSC will meet New England College the first night, with Elmira and Goucher Colleges meeting in the other game.
In the RIC game, the PSC women were led by sophoore Krystyna Zagorski (Matawan, NJ) and senior Rebecca Morse (Sterling, MA). Zagorski hit 6-of-9 shot to finish with 18 points, while Morse added 17 points and nine rebounds. Morse is leading the Panthers with 14.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game, and Zagorski is right behind with 11.0 points and 7.9 boards and outing. Sophomore Kate Fillion (Littleton, NH) hit three three-pointers and finished with 11 points, upping her average to 10.0 ppg.
Senior Adam DeChristopher (Brockton, MA) continued his outstanding senior season at RIC, but it wasn’t quite enough. He contributed 22 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals in 40 minutes of play, hitting three buckets from beyond the arc. He is tops on the team in scoring (20.3 ppg), assists (4.5 apg) and steals (3.3 spg) and second in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (.466).
DeChristopher was one of four Panthers to hit double figures at RIC. Sophomore Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH) scored a career-high 20 points, senior Jamal Pettiford-Jones (Portsmouth, NH) added 16 points and nine rebounds, and junior JaModi Robinson (Framingham, MA) contributed a season-best 15 points.