January 24, 2011

            Senior Andrew Locke (Seattle, Wash.) scored 19 points, grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds and blocked seven shots as fifth-ranked Middlebury improved to 15-0 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC play with an 80-52 win over Connecticut College (8-9, 0-4). The Panthers knocked down 6 of 13 shots from behind the arc, holding the Camels to .339 from the floor and .200 from three-point range.

            Middlebury jumped out to a 10-2 lead, with Conn. College battling back to cut the lead to 14-11 on a three from Brian Mahoney with 13:47 left in the first half. The Panthers responded minutes later with a 10-2 spurt behind five points from junior Winslow Hicks (San Francisco, Calif.), grabbing a 24-13 advantage. Middlebury maintained the lead for the remainder of the half, with a three from rookie Joey Kizel (Short Hills, N.J.) at the buzzer giving them a 44-32 advantage at the break.

            Locke dominated the game early in the second half scoring 10 of Middlebury’s first 13 points, including a pair of dunks to make it a 20-point game (57-37) at the 15:13 mark. The Camels came within 17 with 7:38 to go, but Middlebury responded by closing out the game on a 16-5 run to pick up the 80-52 victory.

            Supporting Locke’s effort on the afternoon was a 17-point effort from senior Ryan Wholey (Pelham, N.H.), who made 7 of 8 shots from the floor. Junior Ryan Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) added 10 points and seven boards, while sophomore Jake Wolfin (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) scored six with eight helpers. Five different players had six points apiece to pace the Camels.

Middlebury earned a 64-56 come-from-behind victory over Wesleyan (8-8, 1-2) in Pepin Gym on Friday.

            Middlebury led early on, holding a 15-10 advantage with 11:06 remaining in the first half. Wesleyan came on strong, going on an 11-2 run, including eight points from Shasha Brown to take a 21-17 lead at the 8:36 mark. The Panthers battled back to tie the game at 27, before heading into the intermission trailing, 29-28.

            Wesleyan maintained its lead through a good part of the second half, holding a game-high 11-point advantage with 8:57 remaining. Derick Beresford scored five points during the quick 7-0 spurt that pushed the lead to 52-41.

            Unfortunately for the Cardinals, they would score only four more points in the remaining 8:57, as Middlebury went on a 23-4 run to close the contest. Sharry scored seven points during the run, including a key three-pointer that gave Middlebury its first lead of the second half. The Panthers were solid down the stretch from the free throw line, knocking down 10 of 12 in the final eight minutes of the contest.

            The Panthers overcame .392 shooting from the floor and .263 from behind the arc in the victory. The Cardinals shot just .379 from the floor, but connected on 8 of 20 from three-point range. Middlebury held a 42-20 edge on the boards, as Sharry tied a career-high with 16 caroms, while scoring a team-high 22 points in the win. Wholey added 11 points and seven boards, while Wolfin scored eight with four assists.
• Men’s basketball record: 15-0
• Up next: 1/25 @ Hamilton, 1/27 vs. S. Vermont – 7:00, 1/29 @ Williams