The men's basketball team won dominantly over the Plymouth State Panthers on Thursday night. The game's first bucket was a three-point jumper by sophomore guard Marcus Lewis. The Lasers continued to turn to the three-point shot, connecting on ten threes throughout the first half.
Despite the Lasers’ high-powered offensive attack, the Panthers continued to battle, taking their first lead since the game's opening minutes midway through the first quarter. The Lasers' combination of quick hands on defense and efficient three-point shooting eventually became too much to contain however, as the Lasers ended the half on an explosive 18-0 run, holding the Panthers scoreless for the last 9:43. The run was capped off by two consecutive threes by junior guard Conan McCusker.
The second half brought the same results for the Lasers, as they continued to add to their lead, going up by as many as 27 points. The Lasers swarming defense and quick-strike offense that shot 50 percent from beyond the arc made it impossible for Plymouth State to get any momentum going, leading to an 85-59 win.
First-year guard Andy Madesko scored a team-high 21 points, followed by reigning Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Player of The Week Marcus Lewis with 19. The Lasers will look to make it three consecutive wins when they return to the Athletic Center on Tuesday at 6 p.m, after defeating the Mariners at Mitchell College last Saturday.