DANBURY, Conn. – Senior Adam DeChristopher (Brockton, MA) scored a game-high 22 points, but it was his three free throws in the final seven seconds that clinched a 75-71 victory for Plymouth State College over Western Connecticut State University in the Little East Conference opener for both schools.
DeChristopher hit a basket with 42 seconds remaining in the game to put PSC ahead 72-69, but Western’s Joshua Reece answered with 24 seconds left to make it 72-71. DeChristopher was fouled with seven seconds on the clock, sending him to the line. He made the first free throw and missed the second, but got his own rebound and canned two more free throws with five seconds left for the four-point verdict.
The win improves the Panthers to 4-0 overall this season under first-year head coach Jim Ferry, while Western Connecticut falls to 1-2 overall. PSC was picked third and WCSU fourth in the LEC pre-season poll.
The Panthers also got contributions from senior Eric McQueen (Lawrence, MA) and sophomore Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH). McQueen scored 14 points, and Martinez added 12 points and five rebounds. PSC pulled out the win despite getting out-rebounded 46-27.
The Colonials were led by Kevin Matthews with 16 points, Reece with 15, and Juma Jones with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
After four road games to open the season, Plymouth State finally plays its home opener this Monday, Dec. 7, hosting Rivier College in a non-conference game at Foley Gymnasium (7:30 p.m.).