PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A pair of starting guards on the Plymouth State University basketball teams were recognized by the Little East Conference Monday with their selection to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll for their efforts on the court last week.
Senior guard Nick Pelotte (Bingham, Maine) of the Panther men’s team and freshman guard Joy DePalo (Enfield, N.H.) of the Panther women’s team are this week’s PSU honorees. Neither one is a stranger to weekly LEC recognition, as Pelotte has been the conference player of the week or on the honor roll eight times this season, while DePalo was on the honor roll back in November.
Both Panther squads are headed down the home stretch of the regular season, and wrap up the campaign this week with LEC road games at Southern Maine on Tuesday (women at 5:30 p.m., men at 7:30 p.m.) and Western Connecticut on Saturday (women at 1:00 p.m., men at 3:00 p.m.) The PSU men (17-6 overall, 9-3 LEC) are tied for first with WCSU and can win the conference regular season title with a pair of wins this week, while the PSU women (9-13 overall, 5-7 LEC) can still finish anywhere from third to seventh.
A 5’10” guard, Pelotte averaged 36.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in PSU’s 1-1 week. He has scored 30+ points in three straight games, including both outings last week. He had 35 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 91-86 win over archrival Keene State on Tuesday, and added 38 points, seven boards, six assists and two steals in a 106-103 overtime loss to UMass Boston on Saturday. Pelotte made 11 three-pointers in 23 attempts (.478) last week and went over the 1,900-point mark for his career.
A two-time All-LEC First Team selection, Pelotte leads the conference in scoring (26.5 ppg) and ranks third in assists (4.1 apg) and fourth in made three-point field goals (2.3 per game). He has scored in double figures 38 consecutive games, dating back to last season.
A 5’3” guard, DePalo averaged 18.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in PSU’s 1-1 week, matching her career-high of 18 points in both outings. She made 6-of-11 from the floor in a 62-49 win over Keene State, including 5-of-9 from three-point range, and connected on 8-of-14 field goals in a loss to UMass Boston. DePalo, who also collected nine rebounds, three assists and a steal last week, is averaging 14.0 points over her last four games, and 8.2 points for the season, third highest on the team.
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