Men's Basketball Cruises Past Conn.

January 22, 2011

Andrew Locke scored 19 points, grabbed a career-best 18 rebounds and blocked seven shots as fifth-ranked Middlebury improved to 15-0 overall and 4-0 in NESCAC play with an 80-52 win over Connecticut College (8-9, 0-4). The Panthers knocked down 6 of 13 shots from behind the arc, holding the Camels to .339 from the floor and .200 from three-point range.

Middlebury jumped out to a 10-2 lead, with Conn. College battling back to cut the lead to 14-11 on a three from Brian Mahoney with 13:47 left in the first half. The Panthers responded minutes later with a 10-2 spurt behind five points from Winslow Hicks, grabbing a 24-13 advantage. Middlebury maintained the lead for the remainder of the half, with a three from Joey Kizel at the buzzer giving them a 44-32 advantage at the break.

Locke dominated the game early in the second half scoring 10 of Middlebury’s first 13 points, including a pair of dunks to make it a 20-point game (57-37) at the 15:13 mark. The Camels came within 17 with 7:38 to go, but Middlebury responded by closing out the game on a 16-5 run to pick up the 80-52 victory.

Supporting Locke’s effort on the afternoon was a 17-point effort from Ryan Wholey, who made 7 of 8 shots from the floor. Ryan Sharry added 10 points and seven boards, while Jake Wolfin scored six with eight helpers. Five different players had six points apiece to pace the Camels.

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