Men's Basketball Defeats Hamilton

December 8, 2007

Middlebury handed Hamilton its first loss of the season as the Panthers ended their first semester of play with a 73-62 win over the Continentals. Middlebury (7-1) held a 49-35 rebounding advantage over Hamilton (4-1), while blocking 13 shots in the game.

The Panthers jumped out quickly, taking an 8-0 lead in the game's first 3:18 behind six points from Aaron Smith. Hamilton came back to tie the game at 12 on a three-point play from Dayne Harris at the 11:51 mark.

Middlebury answered just a few minutes later with a 14-2 run to take a 31-16 lead with 2:40 remaining in the half. The Continentals chipped away and cut the lead to 34-25 entering the halftime break.

Hamilton continued to come at Middlebury in the second half, cutting the advantage to 45-41 at the 15:31 mark on a three from Tim Shaw. The Panthers led by seven with 8:14 remaining before going on a decisive 10-0 run to take a 67-50 lead on a three from Ben Rudin with 3:09 left to play.

Middlebury made just 5 of 11 free throws down the stretch, but that was enough as they came away with the 73-62 victory.

Smith tied a career-high with 23 points in the game to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds. Rudin scored 15 for the Panthers, while Mike Walsh scored 13 points, grabbed nine boards and blocked five shots. Tim Edwards was big on the boards with 11 on the afternoon, along with five assists and three blocks.

Jay Simpson led Hamilton with 15 points, Shaw netted a dozen with six boards, while Harlee Wood and Joe Manns scored eight apiece.