Men's Basketball Cruises Past Colby
February 6, 2010
Middlebury improved to 19-2 and 6-1 in the NESCAC with a decisive 72-57 win over Colby at Pepin Gym on Saturday. Middlebury, owners of the top-ranked field goal defense in the nation, stymied the Mules, holding Colby to .194 shooting in the first half and .351 for the game. With the win, Middlebury has secured a home game for the upcoming NESCAC Quarterfinals, and will host a contest on Saturday, February 20th.
In the first half Colby (16-4, 5-2) built a 10-4 lead at 13:15, highlighted by five points from Adam Choice. The Panther defense clamped down on Colby, eventually tying the game 12 apiece on a buzzer-beating three from Andrew Locke at 9:47. From that point, the Panthers went on a 25-3 run, holding the Mules to 1-16 shooting from the floor before a Mike Russell basket and free throw with 31 seconds left ended the first half scoring at 37-18 in favor of Middlebury. During the big run, Nolan Thompson and Ryan Wholey paced the Panthers with seven points each.
In the second half, Colby burst out with a 6-0 run, cutting the Middlebury lead to 37-24 with 18:12 left. The Panthers, with five points from Jake Wolfin, answered with a 9-2 burst, building a 46-26 advantage at the 15:23 mark and cruised to a 72-57 victory.
Wholey led Middlebury with 14 points on 4-9 shooting, including 3-5 from behind the arc. Thompson added 11 and Wolfin chipped in 10, as Locke and Ryan Sharry grabbed seven rebounds apiece. Choice led all scorers, overcoming a 3-10 first half start to finish with 18 points on 6-13 shooting and hitting 6-7 from the line. Russell added 16 points for Colby, while Chas Woodward collected a game-high 10 rebounds before fouling out early in the second half.