Men's Basketball Pulls Away From Castleton
December 1, 2009
Middlebury forced 24 Castleton turnovers as the Panthers improved to 5-0 with an 88-58 win over the Spartans. The Panthers shot 12-29 (.414) from three-point range and finished the game at .441 from the floor after a slow start. Middlebury returns to action when they host St. Lawrence on Thursday at 7:00, while Castleton visits Colby-Sawyer next Tuesday.
Castleton came out gunning, jumping out to a 15-5 lead with five different players entering the scoring column. Middlebury settled down and went on a 12-2 run, sparked by a two and a three from Ryan Sharry, to tie the game at 20-20 with 9:03 left in the first half. A 15-2 run just a few minutes later left Middlebury with a 37-29 lead behind six points from Jamal Davis. The Panthers entered the locker room with three players in double figures, while Castleton shot .571 from the floor and trailed 46-38.
A hoop from Castleton's Derrick Faragon brought the Spartans within six to open the second half, but that's as close as they'd come. Middlebury slowly increased its lead, taking a 59-46 advantage when Ryan Wholey converted a lay-up with 13:16 remaining. Following a Castleton hoop, the Panthers went on a 10-0 run to move out to a 69-48 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining. Another big run followed as the Panthers scored 15 of the game's next 17 points to come away with the win.
Wholey paced the Panthers with a career-high 20 points on 7-15 shooting from the floor. Sharry added 15 points, nine boards and four blocks of 6-9 shooting, while Davis scored 14 with eight caroms. Jake Wolfin added 13 points in the victory, while Andrew Locke scored nine.
Faragon led Castleton with 13 points, Jared Paul scored nine, while Logan White and Mike Knight scored seven apiece.