PLYMOUTH, N.H. – In a battle of two teams tied for first place in the Little East Conference, Western Connecticut State University’s men’s basketball team pulled out an 80-62 victory over Plymouth State College Saturday afternoon at Foley Gymnasium.
Western Connecticut takes over sole possession of first place in the Little East, moving to 8-2 in conference play and 13-7 overall. The verdict stopped PSC’s home-court winning streak at 15 games. The Panthers also had their five-game winning streak ended, dropping PSC to 15-5 overall and 7-3 in the LEC.
Sophomore guard Jay Reginatto (Torrington, Conn.) led the Colonials with 21 points and seven assists. He hit 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range. WCSU had a balanced scoring attack, with senior Casey Bock (Danbury, Conn.) scoring 15 points and sophomore Kimani Crawford (West Hartford, Conn.) and junior Marvin Evans (Stratford, Conn.) contributed 14 points apiece.
The Panthers got a team-high 15 points and nine rebounds from sophomore forward Anthony Oglesby (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and 11 points from senior Kenny Stewart (Londonderry, N.H.).
The visitors maintained the advantage most of the first half, leading by as much as eight points (37-29) and holding a 40-35 margin at the break.
Despite poor shooting, PSC stayed in the game in the second half, keeping the deficit in single digits most of the way. It was a six-point Western lead (64-58) with four minutes to play, but the Colonials outscored the Panthers 16-4 the rest of the way to run away with the victory.
Plymouth State had a remarkable 60-24 advantage in the rebounding department, but turned the ball over 28 times while Western had just 11 turnovers. PSC was able to convert only 30.8 percent of its shots while WCSU connected at a 45.6 percent clip.
The Panthers return to action Tuesday with a 7:30 p.m. Little East contest at Southern Maine. Western Conn returns home to host Rhode Island College Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.