Men's Hoops Hits 10-0 With Victory Over Plattsburgh

January 5, 2010

Middlebury continued its winning ways with a hard-fought 81-75 victory over Plattsburgh at Pepin Gym on Tuesday night. With the win, the seventh-ranked Panthers up their record to a glossy 10-0, while the Cardinals drop to 7-2 on the season. A combined 52 fouls were whistled in the game, as Middlebury's starting backcourt fouled out in the closing minutes. During that span, a double-digit lead dwindled to a 76-71 advantage with 1:07 left in the game, but key free throw shooting down the stretch held Plattsburgh at bay.

An even start to the first half turned into an 11-6 advantage for Middlebury highlighted with a three from Nolan Thompson at 13:45. Plattsburgh roared back with a 12-2 run over the next five minutes for an 18-13 lead, including six of Errol Daniyan's game-high 23 points. The Panthers tied the game at 24 apiece on a three from Thompson at 3:56. With 54 ticks on the clock, Tim Edwards was fouled from behind the arc and swished home all three free throws for a 35-31 lead. A traditional three-point play by Plattsburgh's Danny Tangney was followed by a three from Middlebury's Ryan Wholey with 10 seconds in the half, setting the score at 38-34 going into intermission.

Ketema Brooks tied the game in the second half at 38-all on a pair of free throws at 18:45 before Middlebury exploded with a 16-0 run over the next six-plus minutes of play as six Panthers scored, including a dunk and a pair of free throws from Andrew Locke. Leading 61-44 with 9:34 left, the Cardinals rallied with a 12-2 run over the next three minutes of play, cutting the Middlebury lead to 63-56 with 6:30 remaining.

Middlebury's starting point guard Tim Edwards collected his fifth foul at 4:42. Plattsburgh's Chris Ruiz hit both free throws from the Edwards foul, as the Cardinals forced a turnover that Daniyan converted for a lay-up at 4:26. Jake Wolfin responded for the Panthers, hitting a big three from the wing for a 70-60 lead with 4:13 left.

Holding a 10-point lead at the 2:21 mark, Middlebury's other starting guard Ryan Wholey was called for his fifth foul. Over the next 32 seconds, the double-digit lead was cut to 74-69, capped by a 25-foot three-pointer by Ruiz at 1:49. With the Cardinals in a full-court press, Ryan Sharry broke loose for a lay-in and a 76-69 lead. Plattsburgh was forced to foul down the stretch and watched Middlebury hit 5/8 from the line to secure the win.

Sharry had another big night for Middlebury with team-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Thompson netted 15, while Wholey and Edwards added 13 and 10 respectively. Locke blocked a game-high five shots, while grabbing six boards, and scored seven points. Daniyan led all scorers with 23 points, adding a game-high dozen rebounds for Plattsburgh. Ruiz chipped in 19 points on 5/11 shooting, including 2/2 from long distance.