Rudin Nets 1,000th As Middlebury Thumps S. Vermont

January 27, 2009

Ben Rudin became the 15th player in school history to surpass the 1,000 point mark, as 19th ranked Middlebury topped Southern Vermont 92-47 in Pepin Gym. Rudin, who recently became the school's all-time assist leader (421), is now the only player in the 92-year history of the program to have over 1,000 points and 400 assists in a career. Middlebury improves on its school-best 13-game winning streak as they move to 17-2 on year, 7-0 in Pepin Gym.

Middlebury, which boasts the nation's second-best field goal percentage defense, held S. Vermont to .213 shooting from the floor on the night. The Panthers, who lead the nation with 7.2 blocks/game, had a huge night with a dozen blocked shots, paced by Andrew Locke with six on the night.

Rudin paced the team early, scoring seven points as the Panthers jumped out to a 13-5 lead. Brendan Kordana hit a three for S. Vermont, before the Panthers went on an 18-3 run, capped by the 1,000th career point by Rudin on a lay-up in transition. Middlebury held Southern Vermont to just 5 of 37 shooting in the first half, taking a 38-18 lead into the intermission.

The Panthers kept control of the game in the second half, extending the lead to 31 on a dunk from Locke at the 13:44 mark. Carl Gayle made it a 40-point game with 6:19 remaining as the Panthers cruised to the 45-point victory.

Rudin (six assists) and Ashton Coghlan led the Panthers with 13 points apiece, Locke scored a dozen with 10 boards and six blocks, while Aaron Smith netted 10 with nine boards. Ryan Sharry scored eight with 10 boards and four blocks, while Tim Edwards dished-out a game-high seven assists.

S. Vermont's Ben Naaktgeboren led all scorers with 17, to go along with a game-high 14 boards. Jaret Falkowitz scored 10, while Cameron Herrington scored seven with 10 boards.