PLYMOUTH, NH - Senior guard Aaron Samuel (Stratford, CT) scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Western Connecticut State University men's basketball team to a 79-74 victory over host Plymouth State University at Foley Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.
Samuel connected on 8-of-9 attempts from the field, hit his only try from beyond the three-point arc and converted 4-of-7 attempts from the free-throw line on Saturday.
Classmate Rashard Rodriguez (Trumbull, CT) added 15 points for the Colonials, which improve to 14-6 overall and are 8-3 in the Little East Conference.
Plymouth State, now 11-11 overall and 5-8 in the league, placed four players in double figures in the scoring column.
Jaylen LeRoy led the Panthers with 20 points while Dante Rivera and Manny Alisandro added 17 and 16 points, respectively. Bryton Early chipped in 10 points while coming off the bench.
Alisandro and Mike Osgood pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for Plymouth State.
WestConn led by as many as 13 points, 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 three-pointer by LeRoy, the Panthers drew within a point, 75-74, with 95 seconds left. It turned out to the be the last points they would score.
The Colonials will play host to University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Monday, February 4. It is a make-up contest after last Wednesday's game was postponed due to a face-moving snow squall across Connecticut. Tip-off against the Corsairs is scheduled for 7:30 pm at Feldman Arena.