Men's Hoops Downs Colby - Advances To NESCAC Finals

February 27, 2010

The Middlebury men's basketball team advanced to the NESCAC Championship game for the second straight season, after a 65-48 win over Colby at Williams. The defending league champs will meet Williams in the title game on Sunday at noon, with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers tie the school record with their 24th win of the season, against just two losses. With a steal today, Middlebury's Tim Edwards tied John Humphrey ('85-'88) for the school record with 190. Colby falls to 19-6 and will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Colby led 4-2 on a hoop from Mike Russell early, but that would be their only lead of the game. Middlebury led by as many as six in the first half, taking a 29-25 advantage into the locker room.

Middlebury's Andrew Locke scored the first six points of the second half and eight of the Panthers' first 10 as second-seed Middlebury took control of the game. A one-handed alley-oop jam off a feed from Edwards punctuated the run. Locke had three dunks in the second half to spark the team.

The Panthers continued to extend their lead in the second half, pulling away with a game-high 23-point lead with 4:55 remaining.

Locke and Nolan Thompson led the team with 13 points apiece, while Edwards chipped in with 10. Locke blocked four shots, Edwards had five assists, while Jake Wolfin scored eight with four assists. Christian van Loenen was the lone Mule to crack double figures with 10.