Men's Basketball Sets School Record With 20th Win

February 7, 2009

Middlebury (20-2, 7-0) set a new school record with its 20th win of the season as they picked up a 78-73 win over Colby (14-7, 4-3) in Pepin Gym. The 16th ranked Panthers remain the only undefeated team in the NESCAC as they improve to 10-0 at home, extending their school-record winning streak to 16 games. The Panthers shot a red-hot .568 from the floor in the game, holding a 23-12 edge on the free throw line.

With the game tied at 8-8, Middlebury went on an 8-2 run sparked by a three from Ben Rudin to take an 18-10 lead with 12:53 left in the first half. Colby trailed by nine with 3:07 remaining, when Justin Sherman hit back-to-back three's to make it a 32-29 game at the 1:35 mark. The Panthers closed the half on a 5-0 spurt to take a 37-29 lead into the locker room.

Middlebury led by six in the second half before a 10-0 run gave them a 49-33 advantage with 15:12 left to play. Kyle Dudley hit a pair of key three's during the run, going 4 of 5 from behind the arc on the afternoon. Colby hung tough and eventually cut the lead to eight before the Panthers extended it to 14 at the 5:11 mark on a hoop from Aaron Smith.

Colby was in foul trouble late, as top two scorers Adam Choice and Michael Russell fouled out with just under seven minutes remaining. The Mules cut the lead to 68-61 on a hoop from Artie Cutrone and then began to send the Panthers to the free throw line for the final 2:23 of the game. Middlebury came through, knocking down 8 of 10 from the line to come away with the 78-73 win.

Rudin led all scorers with 27 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including 14-16 from the charity stripe. He also dished out a game-high seven assists with four thefts. Dudley netted 14, Locke scored 14 on 6 of 6 shooting with seven boards and three blocks, while Smith scored 10 with five rebounds.

Sherman led Colby with 14, Cutrone scored 13, Choice netted 12, while Christian Van Loenen scored 11. Choice hit a transition hoop in the first half for the Mules, becoming the 34th player in Colby school history to surpass the 1,000 point mark.