Men's Basketball With Second Straight 20 Win Season

February 12, 2010

The Middlebury men's basketball team won its 20th game for the second straight year, as the seventh-ranked Panthers moved to 20-2 with a 71-57 road win at Trinity. The Panthers have clinched the #2 seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and wrap-up their regular season at Amherst on Saturday.

Middlebury shot 60.7 percent (17-for-28) from the field in the second half and 66.7 percent (8-for-12) from beyond the three-point line in the second half to earn the win. Trinity falls to 10-12 overall and 3-5 in the NESCAC, but has clinched a 10th straight bid to the NESCAC Championship Tournament and will play a quarterfinal game in the tourney next weekend. Middlebury earned its third win in a row vs. Trinity after 12 straight losses. 

The teams played even in the first half with Middlebury taking a 28-26 lead thanks to five points in the final two minutes by freshman guard Jake Wolfin. Trinity took a brief lead, 36-32, after a pair of treys by sophomore Jon Pike and junior Ian Fels early in the second half, but the Panthers responded with a furious 20-3 run over the next seven minutes to go ahead, 52-41, midway through the stanza and led by double figures the rest of the way.

Fels scored a team-high 11 points, while junior Luke MacDougall totaled 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Bantams.  Panther junior Ryan Wholey and sophomore Ryan Sharry each came off the bench to score 15 points, while Wolfin added 13 points and five assists. Sharry pulled down a team-high six boards, while senior Tim Edwards dished out a game-high eight assists, and junior Andrew Locke contributed six rebounds and three blocked shots.