Men's Hoops Defeats Johnson State

December 4, 2008

Middlebury raced out to an early 23-2 lead against visiting Johnson State en route to a 80-54 victory at Pepin Gym Thursday night. The Panthers (6-2) controlled the glass the entire game, out-rebounding the Badgers 56-33, including 24 offensive boards. Middlebury travels to Union College on Saturday for an afternoon match-up.

Kyle Dudley scored 10 points during the initial run, connecting on a pair of threes, building the 23-2 advantage at the 14:16 mark of the first half. Johnson State nibbled at the double-digit deficit, but could only get within 17 points of the Panthers. A lay-up by John Foley cut the Middlebury advantage to 32-15 with 6:53 left. The Panthers then closed out the half on a 17-10 run, highlighted by Andrew Locke's six points and four rebounds, for a 49-25 advantage at the break. Locke was huge in the paint for Middlebury in the first half, scoring 12 points on 5-6 shooting, collecting eight rebounds and blocking four shots.

The Badgers would get no closer than 21 in the second half as the Panthers led by as many as 32 midway through the session.

Middlebury was led by Dudley's 16 points, including 4-6 treys, and Locke's 14 points, 10 rebounds and a game-high six blocks in just 24 minutes of action. Jamal Davis collected a game-high 11 rebounds for the Panthers. Foley led all scorers with 18 points for Johnson State, while Ian Passino chipped in 13.