January 12, 2009

The Middlebury College men's basketball team earned three more non-league wins last week to improve to 12-2 on the season. The week began with a 68-64 road victory at Plattsburgh. The Panthers fell behind several times in the game, but continued to battle back. Middlebury overcame poor shooting from downtown, going just 5 of 32 from behind the arc, while hitting just 9 of 20 free throws. The Panthers combined for 22 assists and eight blocked shots on the night, as they trailed 33-27 at the half.

Sophomore Andrew Locke (Seattle, Wash.) had a big game for the Panthers, scoring 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting, to go along with six rebounds and five blocks. Senior Kyle Dudley (Scarsdale, N.Y.) scored 14, senior Aaron Smith (W. Hartford, Conn.) netted 13 with seven boards, while junior Tim Edwards (Greenwich, Conn.) scored four with eight boards, nine assists and four steals. Senior Ben Rudin (Scarsdale, N.Y.) dished out eight assists to go along with his nine points, while sophomore Jamal Davis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) pulled down 10 boards.

Middlebury outscored Colby-Sawyer 44-27 in the second half on its way to a 65-55 road win over the Chargers. The Panthers shot a red-hot 55% from the floor as they won their seventh straight to improve to 11-2 on the season.

Middlebury trailed by seven early in the second half before a huge 21-4 run gave them a 45-35 lead with 10:36 remaining. Edwards scored nine points during the run, as the Chargers came back to cut the lead to six. Colby-Sawyer again trailed by six with 3:48 left, before a quick 8-0 run gave the Panthers a comfortable 14-point lead with 2:06 left to play.

Edwards led a balanced attack with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, while Rudin and first-year player Ryan Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) scored 11 apiece. Locke scored eight with three blocks, Dudley netted eight, while Smith had seven points and eight rebounds.

Make it eight straight wins for the Middlebury men's basketball team as the Panthers picked up a 72-62 win over Skidmore in Pepin Gym.

Middlebury came out firing, taking a 21-5 lead at the 11:34 mark, with all five starters in the scoring column. Trailing by 14, Skidmore went on a 10-2 run behind three straight hoops from Bobby Langford to cut the lead to 25-17 with 5:09 left in the half. The lead increased to as many as 11 before a three at the buzzer from Sam Cohen-Devries made it a 32-25 game.

Skidmore kept chipping away, coming within one on a dunk from Langford at the 14:32 mark. Middlebury answered with an 8-0 run, sparked by three's from Dudley and sophomore Ryan Wholey (Pelham, N.H.) to regain a nine-point advantage. The Thoroughbreds cut the lead to five on a pair of Cohen-Devries free throws, but that was as close as they'd get as the Panther went on to earn the 72-62 win.

Rudin led Middlebury with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Dudley scored 16. Edwards added 10 points and eight boards, while Smith scored nine with nine rebounds.
. Men's basketball record: 12-2
. Up next: 1/16 vs. Bates - 7:00, 1/17 vs. Tufts - 2:00