Men's Hoops Falls To Conn. - Earns Third Seed

February 16, 2008

Middlebury wrapped up its regular season with a 93-86 loss to Connecticut College. The Panthers have earned the third seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and will host #6 Williams next Saturday in a first-round contest in Pepin Gym. The Camels have also secured a spot in the tournament and will be the seventh seed and visit #2 Trinity next Saturday. Middlebury moves to 18-6 overall and finishes NESCAC play with a 6-3 mark, while Connecticut College is now 17-7 with a 4-5 mark in league play. The Camels shot a remarkable 82 percent from the floor in the second half.

Both teams shot well in the first half, with Connecticut College holding a .538 to .480 edge. The Panthers jumped out to a 4-0 lead before the Camels battled back to an 8-6 early advantage on a hoop from Christian Mosley. The first half would feature nine ties before Connecticut College went on an 9-0 run at the 4:16 mark to take a 37-29 lead with 2:28 remaining. Four different players scored during the run, including a three from Billy Karis. The Camels took a 39-31 lead into the break, behind eight points and four boards from Charles Stone. Middlebury's Aaron Smith netted 14 points with five boards on 6 of 6 first half shooting.

Connecticut College hit nine of its first 10 shots to start the second half, highlighted by Jeff Young's three treys on a 21-4 run for a 60-35 advantage by the 14:02 mark. Trailing 65-44, the Panthers went on an 8-0 run, sparked by six points by Andrew Harris, cutting the lead to 13 with 10:22 remaining. The Camels increased their lead to 78-60 before another 8-0 Middlebury run, keyed by three's from Tim Edwards and Ashton Coghlan, to cut the lead to 10 with 3:32 on the clock. The Panthers got within nine points on an Edwards free throw with 3:00 left, before Young answered for Connecticut College with his sixth three-pointer of the game for a 83-71 advantage. The Camels shot 10 for 13 down the stretch from the line to maintain a lead which hovered near 10 points. A three by Middlebury's Kyle Dudley in the final seconds ended the scoring at 93-86.

All five starters for Connecticut College were in double figures, as Stone scored a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Mosley, Young and Shavar Bernier each netted 18, while Karis chipped in 11.

Four Panthers hit the double figure mark in scoring, including Smith's 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting. Dudley scored 16 with four three's, Harris netted 15, while Edwards chipped in with 10.