Men's Basketball Rolls Past Rensselaer
January 2, 2011
Trailing 18-17 in the first half, Middlebury went on a 17-1 run to pull away from visiting Rensselaer 77-60 on Sunday at Pepin Gym. With the win, the 5th ranked Panthers improve to 7-0 on the year and have topped the Engineers (6-3) in five out of the last six match-ups.
Rensselaer held an early 11-5 advantage capped by a lay-up by Jeremy Moylan at 15:25. The teams traded leads five times before Middlebury went on its decisive run. After the Engineers’ Mike Hammond’s jumper at the 9:50 mark, Middlebury’s Ryan Sharry scored the next seven points of the game. A lay-in by Peter Lynch ended the run as the Panthers held a 35-19 advantage with 4:41 left in the half.
The Panther defense was stellar during the remaining 9:50 of the first half, holding the Engineers to 0/8 shooting from the floor, while forcing five turnovers. Excellent free throw shooting by Rensselaer kept the Engineers close, hitting 11/12 during the span as the Panther held a 47-29 lead at intermission.
Middlebury opened the second half on a 15-4 run, as seven different Panthers got involved in the scoring. Jake Wolfin notched four of his career-best 12 assists during the spurt. The Panther defense maintained its pressure, holding the Engineers to .286 from the floor in the second half, as Middlebury cruised to the 77-60 victory.
Seventeen Panthers saw action in the game, highlighted by Sharry’s game-highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Nolan Thompson added 11 from the floor and hit 3/6 from behind the arc, while Wolfin dished out a game-high 12 assists. For the game, Middlebury handed out 22 assists to the Engineers eight, while holding a 50-40 rebounding advantage. Moyland and Hammond paced Rensselaer with 10 points apiece.