WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The No. 20 nationally-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team outscored Plymouth State University 32-2 over ten minutes in the first half and went on to its 32nd consecutive Little East Conference regular-season home win with a 107-55 victory Saturday afternoon at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
Behind 11 points from senior guard Tarchee Brown (Rockville) and seven from freshman guard Cory Muckle (Westbrook), eight different players contributed points when Eastern (8-1, 2-0 LEC) scored 18 in a row to break a 13-13 tie and jumpstart a 32-2 run that turned the game into an early 30-point, 45-15 rout.
Plymouth (4-4, 0-2 LEC), which lost for the first time in five games this year away from home, turned the ball over 19 times in the first half, the Warriors capitalizing on those miscues to outscore the Panthers 29-2 off turnovers over the first 20 minutes. Eastern shot 60.5 percent from the floor in the first half, with Brown (18) and Muckle (12) combining for 30 points.
Brown left the game for good with 11 minutes left after leading all players in the game with 28 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals in 25 minutes, with Muckle adding a career-high 19 points in 22 minutes. The pair combined to connect on 19 of 27 field goals. Senior guard Brenden Young (Amston) came off the bench for nine points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists in 17 minutes.
The game featured the top two scorers in the LEC in Plymouth sophomore guard Jaylen Leroy and Brown. Leroy (23.1 pppg.) finished with 14 points on 6 of 13 field goal shooting and commited ten turnovers. Brown entered play averaging 22.8 ppg.. Junior forward Mike Osgood led Plymouth with 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting. Three PSU starters combined for just four points and the starting five turned the ball over 21 times.
Eastern faces Penn State Behrend and Cabrini Universy December 19-20 in Florida.