Men's Basketball Runs Past Johnson State
November 28, 2010
Leading 38-18 at the half, Middlebury held visiting Johnson State to .179 shooting in the second half, while connecting on 20-31 shots from the floor, en route to an 86-31 victory at Pepin Gym on Sunday. With the win, the ninth-ranked Panthers improve to 4-0 on the season, while the Badgers fall to 0-3. For the game, Middlebury kept Johnson State in check, holding the Badgers to .229 from the floor, forcing 25 turnovers and maintaining a 42-25 edge on the glass.
Johnson State built an early 9-5 lead, capped by a three from Rob Key at 16:08 in the first half. Middlebury responded with a 21-6 run over the next 10 minutes, as six different Panthers scored during the run, including five points from Jake Wolfin. Leading 26-15, Middlebury closed out the first half on a 12-3 spurt, as Ryan Sharry added seven of his game-high 13 points, for a commanding 38-18 lead at the break.
In the second half, the lead bulged to 55-21 on a bucket by Peter Lynch at 12:45. Lynch went 4-4 in the second stanza for a half-high 10 points as the Panthers cruised to the 86-31 win. As impressive as the suffocating Panther defense was in the second half, forcing 13 of Johnson State’s 25 turnovers, holding the Badgers to 5-28 shooting, Middlebury shot .645 from the floor (20-31), including 4-8 from behind the arc.
Fourteen Panthers scored in the game, highlighted by Sharry’s game-high 13, as Lynch and Nolan Thompson added 10 apiece. Jake Wolfin contributed with seven points, seven assists and three steals for Middlebury. Johnson State was led by Brian Phelps’ team-high 11 on 4-10 shooting, including 3-7 from the three point line.