Middlebury

Men's Basketball Routs Tufts

January 17, 2009

Middlebury went on a 32-6 run in the first half, breaking open a tie game, en route to an impressive 108-64 victory over Tufts at Pepin Gym on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers shot nearly 55 percent from the floor and were 17-20 from the free throw line during the game. Ben Rudin, after scoring a career-high 28 points the previous night, notched a career-best 14 assists for Middlebury. The win gives the Panthers a sparkling 14-2 overall record and a 2-0 mark in NESCAC play, while Tufts falls to 7-8 overall and 0-2 in league action.

With the game tied at 12 apiece in the first half, Jamal Davis sparked the decisive run on a lay-up with just under 14:00 remaining. Ryan Wholey scored 10 points during the run, while Ryan Sharry tossed in 11 points, including the final seven, giving the Panthers a 44-18 lead with 2:35 left in the half. Tufts chipped away in the final minutes as Reed Morgan and Jon Pierce netted four apiece in an 8-2 run, to end the first half scoring, as the Jumbos trailed 46-26.

The second half saw the Middlebury lead increase to 63-33 on a three by Rudin at the 15:27 mark. The Panthers hit the century mark and expanded their lead to 100-60 on a free throw by Henry Butler with 5:09 left in the game.

Eight Panthers scored at least eight points, including Sherry's game-high 15, Wholey and Dudley netted 14 apiece, while Rudin chipped in 12 points to go along with his game-high 14 assists. Rudin now has 405 career assists at Middlebury, just five shy of the school record of 410 held by Mike Faucher ('96-'99).

Tufts was led by Pierce's 23 points, while Aaron Gallant added 14 and Morgan finished with 10.