PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Junior Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) scored a season-high 33 points Thursday night, leading the Plymouth State University men’s basketball team to a 101-88 non-conference victory over Salem State College at Foley Gymnasium.
Pelotte hit 10 of his 15 field goal attempts, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, to score at least 30 points for the first time this season and the sixth time in his career. PSU also got 11 points and nine rebounds from junior Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Plymouth State is off to a 5-0 start for the first time since the 1998-99 campaign, while Salem State drops to 3-2.
The Vikings came out strong, scoring the first 10 points of the contest. PSU did not panic, though, and held off the Salem State surge. After trading several baskets, the Panthers went on a 15-5 run to tie the game at 27-all midway through the opening stanza. PSU turned up the heat over the final 10 minutes of the half and took a 58-48 lead at the break, as Pelotte finished the opening 20 minutes with 20 points.
Plymouth State started the second half with a 16-6 burst to open up a 20-point advantage (74-54), and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Both teams shot slightly over 50 percent for the game, and the Panthers had a 45-37 advantage on the boards.
The outcome overshadowed a strong performance from Salem State sophomore Shawn Bloom (Springfield, Mass.), who hit 12-of-22 shots from the floor and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc to finish with 31 points. Sophomore Dewayne Cox (Roxbury, Mass.) added 15 points off the Vikings’ bench, and junior Ifesinachi Anosike (Staten Island, N.Y.) contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
In addition to Pelotte and Oglesby, PSU got nine points from senior Mike Loughlin (Manchester, N.H./West), and eight points apiece from senior Ryan Chicoine (Gorham, Maine), sophomore Kevin Boutilier (North Andover, Mass.), and freshmen Andreas Pope (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Devin Ruocco (Dover, N.H.).
Plymouth State makes its Little East Conference season debut this Saturday at Rhode Island College (3:00 p.m.). Salem State returns to action Saturday at Babson (2:00 p.m.).