Middlebury

Men's Basketball Wins 15th Straight

February 6, 2009

Middlebury tied a school record with its 19th win of the season against just two losses, as the Panthers earned a 62-50 NESCAC win over Bowdoin (13-7, 2-4). The 16th ranked Panthers remain unbeaten in NESCAC play at 6-0, upping their school-record winning streak to 15 games.

Middlebury came out strong early, leading 11-4 before holding an 18-9 advantage on a pair of free throws from Ben Rudin at the 11:08 mark. Bowdoin came back with a 10-0 run, taking its only lead of the game at 19-18 on a three from Kyle Jackson at the 8:58 mark. The Panthers answered with a three from Tim Edwards, before going into the locker room with a 32-27 advantage on a buzzer-beater from Ryan Sharry. Middlebury forced 14 Bowdoin turnovers in the first half, but the Polar Bears hung tight behind .480 shooting from the floor.

A quick 5-0 spurt to start the second half gave Middlebury a 37-29 lead with 16:29 remaining. The lead grew to 11 on a three from Kyle Dudley at the 9:27 mark, with the Polar Bears answering with an 8-3 run over the next five minutes to cut the lead to six with 4:31 left to play. Middlebury answered with a 6-0 spurt over the next three minutes, giving the Panthers a 57-45 lead with just 2:35 left to play. Middlebury maintained control from that point, coming away with the 62-50 win.

Rudin led all scorers with 25 points, while Dudley added 13 and Sharry netted seven. Will Hanley paced Bowdoin with 14 points and eight boards, while Tim Lane scored 12 with a dozen boards.