Middlebury

Men's Basketball With NESCAC Win Over Tufts - Thompson Nets 35

February 2, 2007

Evan Thompson scored a career-high 35 points on 11 of 14 shooting from the floor as Middlebury won a shootout over Tufts, 102-91. The 35 points in a game are the most since Joey Faucher scored 42 on 1/16/97.

Leading 16-13 at the 14:18 mark of the first half, Middlebury went on a 14-5 run to take a 30-19 lead with 10:37 left in the half. Thompson and Tim Edwards each had a two and a three during the run. Tufts cut the lead to five before the Panthers closed the first half on a 10-3 run to take a 54-44 lead at the intermission.

Middlebury led by as many as 14 in the second half, with Tufts not letting the game get away. The Jumbos battled back with a 6-0 spurt at the 6:26 mark, cutting the lead to 83-78. Wil Hyatt answered the run with a three for the Panthers, while Tufts would not hit a field goal for the game's next 3:36. The Panthers sunk five of six free throws in the game's final 43 seconds to seal the win.

Middlebury placed four other players in double figures on the night, behind Thompson's 35-point effort. Ben Rudin scored 17 with seven assists, Hyatt netted 14, Andrew Harris scored 13, while Aaron Smith added 11.

Brian Kumf paced the Jumbos with 26 points and 10 rebounds on 9 of 12 shooting from the floor. Jon Pierce added 21 points in the game, while Ryan O'Keefe scored 18.

Middlebury shot .523 from the floor on the night, as they broke the 100-point mark for the fifth time this season.