Middlebury

Men's Basketball Rolls Southern Vermont

January 27, 2011

Middlebury built an early double-digit lead on visiting Southern Vermont, cruising to an 81-63 non-league victory in Pepin Gym on Thursday. The win gives the fourth-ranked Panthers a sparkling 16-0 record, while the Mountaineers drop to 11-7 on the season. An impressive 33-point individual performance by Mountaineer Lance Spratling was overshadowed by a strong team effort by Middlebury, as the Panthers shot .557 from the floor and out-rebounded Southern Vermont 51-26 on the night.

After an opening bucket by Spratling, Middlebury exploded with a 28-8 run over the next 11 minutes of play. Ryan Wholey netted 10, including bookend threes during the run, while Nolan Thompson added five points. The Mountaineers trimmed the lead to 33-22 with 4:56 left in the half during a 12-4 spurt, capped by seven points from Spratling. The Panthers responded with a 14-0 run, highlighted by five points from Joey Kizel, before a Mountaineer basket in the waning seconds set the score at 46-24 at the break.

Middlebury’s lead ballooned to 55-24 on an opening 9-0 burst to start the second half, as Jake Wolfin netted five points and Andrew Locke added four more. Trailing by 31 at the 17:20 mark, Southern Vermont answered with a 17-3 run over the next four minutes as Spratling led with eight points and Donnie Walsh, Jr. chipped in five. With a 57-41 advantage at the 13:23 mark, the deep Panther bench wore down the Mountaineers to close out the contest, as only seven Southern Vermont players suited up for action.

Ten different Panthers got in the scoring column, as Wolfin led the team with 16 points hitting 7/11 from the floor and dished out seven assists. Locke scored 13 points on 6/8 shooting, grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and blocked four shots, while Wholey chipped in a dozen on 5/7 shooting. Spratling led all scorers with 33, hitting 14/30 from the field during 40 minutes of play, as Ben Naaktgerboren added 10 with a game-high nine rebounds for Southern Vermont.

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