Men's Basketball To Host Williams In Tournament Game

February 19, 2008

For the second consecutive season, the Middlebury College men's basketball team will host a NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal game when Williams visits Pepin Gym on Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00 p.m. The third-seeded Panthers will meet the sixth-seeded Ephs in one of four NESCAC quarterfinals contests taking place that afternoon.

The two teams met back on February 2nd in Williamstown with Middlebury coming away with a 63-60 win. The victory was the first for the Panthers at Williams since the '89 season.

Middlebury enters the game after a weekend split at home with Wesleyan and Connecticut College. The Panthers set a new school record this season with 18 wins, against just six losses. Middlebury is making its fifth NESCAC tournament appearance in the eight years of its existence, having been eliminated in the first round each year.

Middlebury is ranked third in the NESCAC in scoring offense (78.3) as well as field goal defense (.398) this season. The Panthers lead the league and are second in the nation with 6.29 blocked shots/game.

Andrew Harris leads the team in scoring this season with 14.5 points/game, while pacing the team with 56 three-point field goals made. The senior missed seven games with an injury this season, but has returned to the line-up strong.

Aaron Smith is second on the squad in scoring (13.8 ppg) while leading the team with 8.1 rebounds/game, placing him second in the league. The junior shoots an impressive .631 from the floor, leading the team and placing him third among his NESCAC peers.

Junior Ben Rudin is the team's point guard, leading the squad with 4.1 assists/game, while scoring 10.2/contest. First-year player Ashton Coghlan is the top scorer off the bench, averaging 9.5 points/game, knocking down almost 47 percent of this three's.

Sophomore Tim Edwards paces the team and is fourth in the league with 1.79 thefts/game, while scoring 8.1/contest. Walsh also scores 8.1/game, while ranking second on the team with 6.8 boards/contest.

Junior Kyle Dudley (7.3 ppg), senior Albert Handy (3.8 ppg), sophomore Kevin Kelleher (3.1 ppg) and rookie Andrew Locke, the conference's leading shot blocker (2.0/game), round out the major contributors off the bench.

Williams is 10-4 in NESCAC Tournament play, winning the league title in '03, '04 and '07. The Ephs had dropped five straight before sweeping Wesleyan and Connecticut College last weekend. Williams opened the season with 12 straight wins before dropping seven of 10 games.

Joe Geoghegan leads the team in scoring with 13/game, leads the league with 9.0 rebounds/game, while shooting a solid .491 from the floor. Chris Shalvoy nets 12.7/game with a team high 4.2 assists/game, while Chris Rose scores 11/contest. Kevin Snyder (10.5 ppg) and Blake Schultz (6.0 ppg) round out the Williams starters.

2008 NESCAC Men's Basketball Tournament

Quarterfinals, Saturday, February 23rd
#8 Colby (13-11, 3-6) @ #1 Amherst (22-2, 9-0) - 4:00 p.m.
#7 Conn. College (17-7, 4-5) @ #2 Trinity (18-6, 6-3) - 3:00 p.m.
#6 Williams (17-7, 4-5) @ #3 Middlebury (18-6, 6-3) - 2:00 p.m.
#5 Bates (17-7, 5-4) @ #4 Bowdoin (19-5, 6-3) - 4:00 p.m.

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