Men's Hoops Cruises Past Hamilton

January 3, 2009

Kyle Dudley drained 6-of-7 shots from three-point range and finished with a game-high 24 points to lead visiting Middlebury to a 73-49 non-conference win at Hamilton. The senior went 9 of 12 from the floor in the game, scoring his most points since pouring in 28 a year ago against Johnson. The Panthers won their fifth straight to move to 9-2 overall with their third straight win over the Continentals.

Tim Edwards chipped in 10 points, a game-high 11 rebounds and seven assists for the winners. Andrew Locke added 10 points, nine boards and two blocked shots. Ben Rudin contributed 11 points and five assists.

Hamilton (5-3) dropped to 4-1 at home this season. Patrick Sullivan scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds, blocked two shots and made three steals in his first action since suffering a lower leg injury on Nov. 25. Russ Rosenband also tallied seven points, and Jon Ciriello pulled down six rebounds and was credited with three steals.

The Panthers scored the first five points on a Dudley three-pointer and a thunderous dunk by Locke and never trailed. Middlebury led by as many as 15 points in the first half and took a 34-21 advantage into the break.

The Continentals cut their deficit to single digits three times in the second half, including 41-32 on a Lance Wilson layup with 14:59 left. However, the Panthers scored the next seven points to move their lead back to 16, and they were not threatened the rest of the way.

Middlebury shot 49 percent from the field, including 11-for-23 from three-point range. The Panthers held a commanding 47-26 advantage in rebounds. Hamilton shot just 29.6 percent from the floor.