PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A sharp-shooting Plymouth State team took down the Castleton University men's basketball team on Saturday afternoon as the Spartans fell by a final score of 82-49 at Foley Gymnasium in Little East Conference action.
Castleton drops to 3-14 on the season and 0-9 in LEC play, while Plymouth State improved to 10-7 overall and 5-4 against LEC opponents. The Panthers took both games head-to-head against Castleton this season.
The Spartans shot just 36.2 percent from the field, going 17-of-47 overall and 6-of-16 from three. Plymouth countered with a 51.6 percent (33-of-64) rate from the floor, including a 16-for-32 mark from three-point range. Castleton shot 9-of-17 at the free throw line while Plymouth had zero attempts at the charity stripe. The Panthers were efficient on the afternoon, assisting on 24 of 33 field goals.
Eric Shaw had a team-high 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, knocking down three shots from behind the arc while pulling in six rebounds. Casey Belade added 10 points of his own with four boards, while Igor Almeida had nine points and six rebounds. Denis LeCours had seven points in 20 minutes off the bench.
Plymouth State's Dante Rivera had a game-high 34 points, shooting 12-of-21 from the floor with a 10-for-18 mark from long range. His 10 threes set a program record for the Panthers and he added four assists in the contest. Manny Alisandro added 12 points on 6-of-8 from the field, while Mike Osgood had 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Panthers jumped out to an early lead, but Castleton kept it close throughout the majority of the first half as the Spartans trailed by just four points with less than five minutes to play in the half after Shaw buried a three to cap a 5-0 run. The Panthers answered with a 6-0 run heading into the break, pushing the lead to 34-24 at halftime.
Plymouth State picked up its shooting stroke in the second half as Rivera made six of his 10 threes in the final 20 minutes. The Panthers went 10-of-18 in the half from long range, outscoring Castleton 48-25 in the stanza to give them the 82-49 victory.
Castleton looks to change its fortunes on Monday with a 5 p.m. tip at Glenbrook Gym against NVU-Johnson.