The Keene State College men’s basketball went up against their rivals, Plymouth State University, on Wednesday Jan. 24. The Owls took a 95-81 victory over the Panthers, as well as had five players in double-figures. With a record of 13-5, the men’s basketball record for the Little East Conference (LEC) moves up to 7-1. Junior Ty Nichols made 7 out of 15 shots from the field and led the team with 25 points for KSC. He added nine rebounds, five assists and a steal.
First-year DeVon Beasley scored a career-high of 21 points on 8 out of 10 shooting. First-year James Anozie had 14 points and a career-best of 16 rebounds total for his fourth double-double in the last five games. First-year Miguel Prieto had 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal off the bench. Senior Dizel Wright added to the list, rounding out the double-figure scorers with 10 points. He added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. With the score tied at five in the early minutes of the game, the Owls scored 13 consecutive points to build a double-digit lead.
A layup from Wright and a three from Nichols made it 13-5 at the 15:39 mark. Nichols continued to lead, as he drained another three moments later and then made two free throws to make it 18-5 with 13:20 to go in the first half. The Owls continued to extend their advantage after a short surge from the Panthers, 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 with 4:10 to go.
The Panthers trailed at half and ultimately could not close up the gap. KSC men’s basketball closed out the game with a 95-81 lead.
The Owls will play Rhode Island College this Saturday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m.
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