Men's Basketball Headed To Williams For Championship Weekend

February 23, 2010

The Middlebury College men's basketball team has advanced to the NESCAC semifinal round for the third straight season. The defending NESCAC Champions will travel to Williams to take on Colby in a semifinal contest on Saturday, February 27th at 4:00 p.m. The host school will meet Bates at 2:00 p.m., with the title game slated for Sunday at noon. You can watch the games live for free here: http://www.teamline.cc/sportpage?teamcode=0126&eventcode=6, while livestats can be viewed here: http://livestats.prestosports.com/williams/.

Middlebury enters the weekend leading the nation with a .362 field goal percentage defense and 7.5 blocked shots/game. Middlebury leads the NESCAC in scoring defense, allowing just 61.1 points/game this season. The Panthers have an overall record of 47-6 (.887) over the past two seasons, seventh-highest winning percentage in college basketball.

Sophomore Ryan Sharry leads a balanced scoring attack with 13.4 ppg, followed by rookie point guard Jake Wolfin (10.6 ppg, 4.12 apg), classmate Nolan Thompson (10.4 ppg), junior Ryan Wholey (9.3 ppg), junior Andrew Locke (8.8 ppg) and senior Tim Edwards (8.6 ppg). Sharry is the team's leader on the boards (8.0 rpg), followed by Edwards (7.1 rpg) and Locke (5.4 rpg). Edwards paces the team and is second in the NESCAC in both assists (5.42/game) and steals (2.1/game). Locke is second in the nation in blocked shots with 3.68/game, while Sharry is third in the league with 1.81/game. The duo also pace the team in FG%, with Locke shooting .621 (3rd in NESCAC) and Sharry at .540 (6th in NESCAC).

2010 NESCAC Men's Basketball Quarterfinals, Saturday, Feb. 20th
No. 7 Trinity 52 at No. 2 Middlebury 56
No. 5 Bowdoin 64 at No. 4 Bates 80
No. 8 Wesleyan 62 at No. 1 Williams 77
No. 6 Amherst 49 at No. 3 Colby 67

Semifinals, Saturday, Feb. 27 at Williams
No. 4 Bates (14-11) at No. 1 Williams (24-1) - 2:00
No. 3 Colby (19-5) vs. No. 2 Middlebury (23-2) - 4:00

Championship, Sunday, Feb. 28 at Williams
Gametime - 12:00