KEENE, N.H. – The Keene State College men's basketball team put five players in double-figures and used a strong first half to dispatch Plymouth State University 95-81 in Little East Conference action Wednesday night at Spaulding Gym.
- Keene State: 13-5, 7-1 LEC
- Plymouth State: 6-11, 0-8 LEC
How It Happened
Ty Nichols made 7-of-15 shots from the field en route to a team-leading 25 points for KSC. He added nine rebounds, five assists and a steal. DeVon Beasley scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while James Anozie had 14 points and a career-best 16 rebounds for his fourth double-double in the last five games. Miguel Prieto had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal off the bench. Dizel Wright rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10 points. He added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Sam Bonney-Liles had 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead Plymouth. Jaylen Leroy had 19 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Ruay Bol and Mike Osgood each chipped in 16 points. Bol added four rebounds, one assist and one steal, while Osgood also had a team-high eight rebounds, four assists and a steal.
With the score tied at five in the early going, Keene State scored 13 consecutive points to build a double-digit lead and never looked back. A layup from Wright and a three from Nichols made it 13-5 at the 15:39 mark. Nichols continued to shine, as he canned another three moments later and then made two free throws to make it 18-5 with 13:20 to go in the first half. Plymouth stopped the surge with two Osgood free throws, but KSC was right back at it, going on a 9-0 burst capped by inside buckets from Wright and Anozie to lead 26-7. The Owls continued to extend their advantage, getting a layup and a trey from Beasley to lead 38-15 with 6:56 left until halftime. Another Beasley bucket made it a 44-22 game and, later, a layup from Prieto gave Keene State their largest lead of the half (48-22) with 4:10 to go. PSU outscored the Owls 7-3 over the remainder of the half, but still trailed 51-29 at the break.
Keene State went inside to Anozie to start the second half, as he scored twice within the first minute to make it 55-30. Another layup from him and two free throws from Wright kept the advantage at 60-37, but Plymouth used a 7-2 run to get within 62-44 at the 15:40 mark. KSC quickly asserted themselves again, getting a triple from Kyle Santoro and a steal and transition layup from Wright to extend the lead back out to 25 (69-44). The lead mostly hovered around there for the remainder of the half. A layup from Prieto at the 12:24 mark made it 75-50 and, later, a jumper from him made it 81-56 with 9:44 to go. Jumpers from Collin Sullivan and Leroy got the Panthers within 81-62 a few minutes later, but Prieto and Beasley helped quickly restore the lead by scoring six straight points. Another swish, this one a three, from Beasley at the 4:02 mark put KSC up 92-69. KSC led 95-73 with less than two minutes left before Plymouth scored eight consecutive points to set the final margin.
In the Paint
- Keene State shot a sizzling 58% (34-of-59) in the game while holding Plymouth to just 34% (25-of-73) shooting. KSC made 5-of-20 (25%) from deep. Plymouth made 6-of-29 (21%) long-distance tries. The game featured 63 free throws; the Owls made 22-of-32 (69%) and the Panthers 25-of-31 (81%).
- KSC dominated the glass 47-33.
- The Owls assisted on 17 of their 34 made field goals (50%).
- KSC's bench outscored their Plymouth counterparts 23-4.
- Keene State defeated Plymouth for the fourth time in a row and seventh time in the last eight meetings.
- Keene State will travel to the University of Southern Maine to complete the season series with the Huskies. The game is scheduled to tip off at 3:00 pm on Saturday, January 27. KSC won the first meeting 73-58.
- Plymouth State returns home to host No. 17 Eastern Connecticut State University at the same time on Saturday.