Men's Hoops Tops Trinity, Headed To NESCAC Semi's

February 20, 2010

Middlebury advanced to the NESCAC semifinals for the third straight season after a 56-52 win over Trinity in a quarterfinal match-up in Pepin Gym. The Panthers (23-2) will take on Colby, a 67-49 winner over Amherst, in a semifinal contest at 4:00 p.m. next Saturday at Williams. Bates meets the host school in the other semifinal at 2:00 p.m. The winners meet on Sunday for the NESCAC Championship at noon. Trinity ends its season with a 10-14 mark.

Middlebury took a 6-2 lead early behind a pair of hoops from Andrew Locke, but their shooting would go ice-cold for much of the half. Trailing 8-6, Trinity went on a 9-0 run to take a 15-8 lead with 11:14 left in the half. The Bantams extended their lead to as many as eight, with Middlebury's Nolan Thompson tying the game at 24 with 1:55 left in the half following one of six blocks from Locke. Trinity answered, taking a 28-26 lead into the intermission. The Panthers made just 1 of 10 three-point field goals in the first half, shooting .310 overall from the floor.

Trinity led in the second half, with the Panthers tying the game at 39 on a three-point play from Ryan Sharry with 12:44 remaining. The teams exchanged threes late, with Brian Ford knocking one down for Trinity before Jake Wolfin answered for the Panthers to give his team a 53-52 lead with 2:14 remaining.

Trailing by one, the Bantams had the ball with 34 seconds remaining, but turned it over. Wolfin hit a pair of free throws on the other end of the court, before the Bantams missed a three with 21 seconds remaining. Sharry hit one of two free throws to put the game out of reach as the Panthers emerged with the 56-52 victory.

Sharry led all scorers with 18 points, while pulling down seven rebounds. Tim Edwards added 14 points, while Wolfin netted seven with six assists. Ian Fels led Trinity with 15 points, Brian Ford scored 13, while Luke MacDougall grabbed a game-high 12 boards.

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