Men's Basketball Pulls Away From Skidmore

January 8, 2011

Sixth-ranked Middlebury remained undefeated at 10-0 on the season as the Panthers pulled away from Skidmore in the second half to earn an 85-72 win over the Thoroughbreds. Middlebury returns to action on Sunday when they host Lyndon State at 8:00 p.m.

Both teams placed four players in double figures in scoring, while the Panthers converted 32 of 49 (.653) free throw attempts in the game. Middlebury shot .462 from the floor and held a 49-36 advantage on the boards.

Middlebury trailed just once in the game, after a pair of free throws gave Skidmore a 10-8 lead at the 15:30 mark. The Panthers followed with a 10-0 run, including six points from Ryan Sharry, to take an 18-10 lead. The lead grew to as many as nine and was cut to as few as one, before Middlebury took a 37-33 advantage into the intermission.

An 11-4 run from Skidmore tied the game at 44-44 with 15:09 left in the contest. Middlebury slowly increased its lead, taking a 64-53 advantage on a hoop from Andrew Locke at the 65:32 mark. The Panthers maintained a double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest, on their way to the 85-72 win.

Sharry and Nolan Thompson led Middlebury with 17 points apiece, while Locke added 15 and Jake Wolfin netted a dozen. Locke grabbed a game and career-high 13 boards, Sharry had 11, while Kizel scored eight with seven boards.

Terron Victoria of Skidmore led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Melvis Langyintuo with 16 points and 10 boards, Gerard O’Shea with 15 points and Jeff Altimar with 11.