December 8, 2008

The Panther men's basketball team entered the semester break on the right foot with three straight wins last week to improve to 7-2 on the season.

Middlebury raced out to a 49-28 halftime lead and never looked back en route to a 103-71 win at Castleton. The Panthers placed 12 players in the scoring column, including six in double-figures to improve to 5-2 on the season.

Senior Kyle Dudley (Scarsdale, N.Y.) scored a team-high 15 points, while senior Ben Rudin (Scarsdale, N.Y.), sophomore Andrew Locke (Seattle, Wash.) and sophomore Jamal Davis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) chipped in 13, 12 and 10 respectively. Junior Tim Edwards (Greenwich, Conn.) was the only Panther starter not to register double digit scoring, but he did dish out 10 assists. Rookie Ryan Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) posted a double-double 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Middlebury raced out to an early 23-2 lead against visiting Johnson State en route to an 80-54 victory at Pepin Gym Thursday night. The Panthers controlled the glass the entire game, out-rebounding the Badgers 56-33, including 24 offensive boards.

Dudley scored 10 points during the initial run, connecting on a pair of threes, building the 23-2 advantage at the 14:16 mark of the first half. Johnson State nibbled at the double-digit deficit, but could only get within 17 points of the Panthers. A lay-up by John Foley cut the Middlebury advantage to 32-15 with 6:53 left. The Panthers then closed out the half on a 17-10 run, highlighted by Locke's six points and four rebounds, for a 49-25 advantage at the break. Locke was huge in the paint for Middlebury in the first half, scoring 12 points on 5-6 shooting, collecting eight rebounds and blocking four shots.

The Badgers would get no closer than 21 in the second half as the Panthers led by as many as 32 midway through the session.

Middlebury was led by Dudley's 16 points, including 4-6 treys, and Locke's 14 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high six blocks in just 24 minutes of action. Davis collected a game-high 11 rebounds for the Panthers. Foley led all scorers with 18 points for Johnson State, while Ian Passino chipped in 13.

Middlebury ended the semester with a 68-52 road win at Union. The Panthers return to action on December 30th when they host Rensselaer at 7:00 p.m.

Leading 20-12, Middlebury went on a 12-3 run to take a 17-point lead at the 3:19 mark of the first half. A pair of threes and another hoop by Rudin led the Panthers during the run. Middlebury kept up the offense and entered the locker room with a 37-19 lead.

The Panthers led by as many as 20 in the second half before coming away with the win. Rudin led the team with 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on the afternoon. Dudley scored 16 with four threes, while sophomore Ryan Wholey (Pelham, N.Y.) added 10 points in the win. The Panthers blocked 13 shots in the game, led by six from Sharry and four from Davis.
. Men's basketball record: 7-2
. Up next: 12/30 vs. Rensselaer - 7:00, 1/3 @ Hamilton - 4:00