Men's Basketball Earns Big Road Win At Williams

February 2, 2008

Middlebury earned its first win at Williams since a 78-65 overtime victory in '89 as the Panthers won a 63-60 hard-fought contest. The Ephs fell to 15-5, 2-3 in the league, while Middlebury improves to 15-4, 3-2 in NESCAC play.

The Ephs held a 21-16 lead with 8:50 remaining in the half. Back-to-back threes by Mike Walsh and Tim Edwards would spark a 15-2 Middlebury run and give Middlebury a 31-23 lead. Williams came back and cut the lead to 35-32 at the intermission.

Despite the Panthers opening the second half with back-to-back baskets to stretch the lead to seven, the Ephs would answer. Williams would finally tie the score at 42 with just over 14 minutes to play.

Another Snyder lay-up would give the Ephs their first lead since early in the first half at 53-52, but an Ashton Coghlan three followed by a technical on the Ephs coach would result in a five-point swing and 57-53 Panther lead.

Williams regained the lead before Ben Rudin hit two clutch pull-up jumpers on consecutive Middlebury possessions to go up 63-60.

Williams would have two chances late to tie the game, but could not get off a shot.

Rudin finished with 14 points and six assists for the Panthers, Coghlan scored 12, while Kevin Kelleher added 10. Walsh grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in the game.