Terriers Can't Hold Off Panthers in Final Minutes, 72-71

Terriers Can't Hold Off Panthers in Final Minutes, 72-71

PLYMOUTH, NH – The Thomas College men's basketball team ended a three-game winning streak as they fell, 72-71, to Plymouth in a non-conference matchup on Thursday night.

In the loss, the Terriers drop to 5-3 (3-0 NAC) on the season while the Panthers improve to 6-2 in the victory.

The Panthers opened up the first half on an 8-2 run to pace the Terriers.  Thomas answered back on a little run of their own to take a 11-10 lead on a layup from Willie Grant (Philadelphia, Pa. / Paul Robeson).  Plymouth State increased their lead to nine points halfway through the first after holding the Terriers scoreless for three and a half minutes. 

Tyheem Simon (Far Rockaway, N.Y. / Lawrence) brought the Terriers within five after a layup, free throw, and three-pointer.  Simon finished the half with two more layups to bring the score to 41-31 going into the break.  Jack Preston led the Panthers with ten points and three rebounds while Mike Osgood chipped in with nine of his own.

Simon broke open the second half with a quick seven points to bring the Terriers within four.  Halfway through the second, Carlos Gonzalez knocked down a pair of free throws and a layup to notch the game up at 53-53.  Another six points from Simon and a three-pointer from Jordan Derosby (Waterville, Maine / Waterville) pushed the Terrier lead to six.  At the 3:42 mark the Terriers led 71-64 on a lay in from Ian King (Westbrook Maine / Westbrook).

King's two points were the final of the game for Thomas as Plymouth finished the scoring on an 8-0 run, including the game-winner from Curtis Arsenault with seven seconds remaining to secure the win.

Simon led all scorers with 32 points, including earning his 1,000 career point early in the second half.  Dersoby chipped in with nine points while King added nine points and nine rebounds.

Osgood netted 19 points for the Panthers in the win while Preston finished with 16 points and six rebounds.

The Terriers will have a few weeks off for winter break and will return to action on Thursday, December 29 as they head to Bronx, New York to take on Lehman at their holiday tournament.