CONCORD, N.H. – Sophomore Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) tossed in 30 points Tuesday for the third time in four outings this season, leading Plymouth State College past Colby-Sawyer College, 77-66, in the second game of the annual Granite State Division III Challenge, hosted by New Hampshire Technical Institute.
Keene State College ran past New England College 109-58 in the event’s first contest. The annual affair helps raise awareness for autism in the state of New Hampshire, promoting the non-profit organization Jacob’s Bridge Through Autism.
Plymouth State led the first 17 minutes of the game, but the Chargers came back and took their first lead with three minutes left in the half before PSC settled for a 32-29 advantage at the break. There were 12 lead changes in the first 12 minutes of the second half before the Panthers went on a 16-4 run to take a 64-53 lead with 2:21 to play. PSC made 13 of 18 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win.
Pelotte did much of his damage at the free throw line, where he canned 15 of 19 attempts. He connected on three three-point field goals while adding five rebounds, three assists and four steals. Pelotte is averaging 27.0 points a game this season.
The Panthers also got 14 points from sophomore Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.) on 6-of-11 shooting. Senior Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.) contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to the Panther cause.
Senior Ethan Betts (Strong, Maine) led the Chargers with 29 points and eight rebounds, hitting 12-of-17 shots from the field. Freshman Andrew St. Clair (Pittsfield, Maine) chipped in with 10 points and seven boards.
PSC, 4-0, continues non-conference road action Thursday evening at Salem State (8:00 p.m.). The Little East Conference debut for PSC is Saturday at UMass Dartmouth (3:00 p.m.). Colby-Sawyer is now 1-2.