Men's Basketball Suffers First Loss Of The Season

January 7, 2010

Middlebury struggled from the floor as the seventh-ranked Panthers (10-1) suffered their first loss of the season, an 86-76 defeat at the hands of Colby-Sawyer (7-5) in Pepin Gym. Middlebury made just 5 of 27 (.185) three-point attempts on the night, while connecting on 13 of 27 (.481) free throws. Colby-Sawyer was an impressive 9 of 17 (.529) from behind the arc, while connecting on 27 of 37 (.730) from the charity stripe. Fifty fouls were whistled in the contest, as Middlebury held a slight 47-43 edge on the boards. Middlebury returns to action at Skidmore on Saturday and Lyndon State on Sunday before opening up NESCAC play next weekend.

Colby-Sawyer led 13-8 early, before Middlebury went on a 12-0 run at the 11:40 mark to take a 20-13 lead with 9:33 remaining in the half. Luis Alvarez hit a three and a pair of free throws during the stretch, before Ryan Wholey gave the Panthers their biggest lead of the half at 23-15 minutes later. The Chargers battled back, taking a two-point lead on a three from James Tobin late in the half, before Andrew Locke hit a lay-up to send the Panthers into the locker room in a 33-33 tie.

Colby-Sawyer opened the second half with a pair of threes from John Chaloux and one from Will Bardaglio to take a 44-35 lead at the 16:24 mark. Middlebury answered with a 6-0 spurt, sparked by a dunk and a hoop from Jamal Davis. The Chargers then went on a pivotal 17-2 run over the game's next five minutes to take a 61-43 advantage. Chaloux converted a dunk, knocked down a three and hit four free throws during the key run.

Middlebury chipped away, cutting the deficit to 68-58 on a bucket from Davis with 5:12 left to play. The Panthers gained some momentum down the stretch, but the Chargers answered each time, as Corey Willis (9 of 10 free throws, 13 points) was big down the stretch, keeping the ball from Panther defenders. Following Davis' bucket, Colby-Sawyer converted 16 of 20 free throws in the game's final 4:52 to come away with the win.

Nolan Thompson led Middlebury with 17 points, Locke scored 14, while Davis netted 13 with eight boards. Tim Edwards added 11 points and a game-high 14 rebounds on the night to go along with five assists and three steals.

Chaloux scored a game-high 25 for Colby-Sawyer, James Tobin netted 17 with 13 boards on 6 of 8 shooting, while Bardaglio scored 15.

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