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February 3, 2019

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Senior guard Aaron Samuel scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Western Connecticut State University men’s basketball team to a 79-74 victory over Plymouth State University at Foley Gymnasium on Saturday.

Samuel connected on 8-of-9 attempts from the field, hit his only 3-point attempt and converted 4 of 7 free throws.

Rashard Rodriguez added 15 points for the Colonials (14-6, 8-3 Little East).

Jaylen LeRoy led Plymouth State (11, 5-8) with 20 points, and Dante Rivera and Manny Alisandro added 17 and 16 points, respectively. Bryton Early chipped in 10 points off the bench.

Alisandro and Mike Osgood each had 10 rebounds for Plymouth State.

WestConn led 64-51 after Rodriguez connected on a shot in the lane with 6:56 remaining in the second half.

Following a lay-up and a 3-pointer by LeRoy, the Panthers close to 75-74 with 1:35 left. Those were the last points they scored.

Women’s basketball

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — Genesis Torres scored 14 points to lead the Colonials to a 75-74 victory over Plymouth State.

The Colonials (10-10, 4-7 Little East) led for the final three quarters, but had to hold on the stretch to hold off the hosts.

Gabrielle Hurlbert’s jumper with two seconds remaining in the first quarter to give the Colonials a 19-17 lead. The junior guard finished with 12 points.

Jancy Sherwood and Asiah Knight contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Torres and Jessica Davis each grabbed six rebounds for the Colonials.

Jess Conant scored a game-high 27 points, on 12-of-17 shooting from the floor, for Plymouth State.

Cassidy Emerson had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Panthers (9-12, 3-10). Brittany Roche added 10 points.

A 3-pointer by Torres, with 5:07 remaining in the game gave the WestConn a 69-61 lead, but the Panthers rattled off nine of the next 10 points and tie the score at 70 with 29 second left on the clock.

Two free throws from Torres and three from Imani Baptiste gave WestConn a 75-71 lead with 14 seconds left.

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