January 5, 2009

The Middlebury College men's basketball team has now won five straight games as they improve to 9-2 on the season. Senior Kyle Dudley (Scarsdale, N.Y.) drained 6-of-7 shots from three-point range and finished with a game-high 24 points to lead Middlebury to a 73-49 non-conference win at Hamilton. The senior went 9 of 12 from the floor in the game, scoring his most points since pouring in 28 a year ago against Johnson.

Junior Tim Edwards (Greenwich, Conn.) chipped in 10 points, a game-high 11 rebounds and seven assists for the winners. Sophomore Andrew Locke (Seattle, Wash.) added 10 points, nine boards and two blocked shots. Senior Ben Rudin (Scarsdale, N.Y.) contributed 11 points and five assists.

Hamilton (5-3) dropped to 4-1 at home this season. Patrick Sullivan scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds, blocked two shots and made three steals in his first action since suffering a lower leg injury on Nov. 25. Russ Rosenband also tallied seven points, and Jon Ciriello pulled down six rebounds and was credited with three steals.

The Panthers scored the first five points on a Dudley three-pointer and a thunderous dunk by Locke and never trailed. Middlebury led by as many as 15 points in the first half and took a 34-21 advantage into the break.

The Continentals cut their deficit to single digits three times in the second half, including 41-32 on a Lance Wilson layup with 14:59 left. However, the Panthers scored the next seven points to move their lead back to 16, and they were not threatened the rest of the way.

Middlebury shot 49 percent from the field, including 11-for-23 from three-point range. The Panthers held a commanding 47-26 advantage in rebounds. Hamilton shot just 29.6 percent from the floor.

Middlebury opened up the second half of the season with a 62-46 win over Rensselaer in Pepin Gym on Tuesday. Middlebury held RPI (4-4) to just 4-29 (.138) shooting from the floor in the second half, including 0-10 from three-point range, as they improve to 8-2 on the year.

The Engineers trailed by two early before an 8-0 spurt gave them a 16-10 lead with 12:44 left in the first half. Sam Simmons scored six of his 19 first half points during the run, as he went 9 of 14 with eight rebounds in the first 20 minutes.

Edwards scored seven points during a 12-2 run for the Panthers, giving them a 31-24 lead at the 3:12 mark.

Leading 34-30 at the half, Middlebury outscored its opponent 13-3 over the first seven minutes of the second half to take a 49-34 advantage at 13:00. The Panthers would lead by as many as 19 before cruising to the 62-46 win.

Edwards paced the Panthers with 13 points, nine rebounds and six assists, while Locke scored a dozen with nine boards and four assists. Rookie Ryan Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) netted 11 in the win, while Rudin scored nine with four steals. Simmons led all scorers with 25 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
. Men's basketball record: 9-2
. Up next: 1/6 @ Plattsburgh, 1/8 @ C. Sawyer, 1/10 vs. Skidmore - 3:00