Men's Basketball Runs Past Skidmore

January 10, 2009

Make it eight straight wins for the Middlebury men's basketball team as the Panthers picked up a 72-62 win over Skidmore in Pepin Gym. The Panthers open up NESCAC play next weekend when they host Bates and Tufts, while the Thoroughbreds host Union on Tuesday.

Middlebury came out firing, taking a 21-5 lead at the 11:34 mark, with all five starters in the scoring column. Trailing by 14, Skidmore went on a 10-2 run behind three straight hoops from Bobby Langford to cut the lead to 25-17 with 5:09 left in the half. The lead increased to as many as 11 before a three at the buzzer from Sam Cohen-Devries made it a 32-25 game.

Skidmore kept chipping away, coming within one on a dunk from Langford at the 14:32 mark. Middlebury answered with an 8-0 run, sparked by three's from Kyle Dudley and Ryan Wholey to regain a nine-point advantage. The Thoroughbreds cut the lead to five on a pair of Cohen-Devries free throws, but that was as close as they'd get as the Panther went on to earn the 72-62 win.

Ben Rudin led Middlebury with 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Dudley scored 16. Tim Edwards added 10 points and eight boards, while Aaron Smith scored nine with nine rebounds. Langford of Skidmore led his squad with 18 points and 13 boards, while Jake Schechtman chipped in with nine.