Men's Basketball Wins Ramapo Tourney

November 20, 2011

The #5 Middlebury men’s basketball team defeated Ramapo 73-62 in the championship game of the Roadrunner Tip-Off Tournament. The Panthers improve to 2-0 on the season, handing Ramapo (3-1) their first loss of the season.

With the game tied 10-10 midway through the first half, a Nate Bulluck jumper and a Dean Brierley three gave the Panthers a 15-10 lead at 11:31. Ramapo cut the advantage down to one point before Middlebury used a 12-4 run to take a 22-14 lead with 4:31 left in the half.

Ramapo crawled back to narrow the lead to 28-26 late in the half, but a Nolan Thompson bucket gave Middlebury a 30-26 advantage going into the locker room. 

After the teams traded baskets to open up the second half, Middlebury created some breathing room with an 8-3 run to take a 47-40 lead with 12:44 remaining in the game. Over the next eight minutes, the Panthers built their largest lead of the contest, as a Jake Wolfin three gave Middlebury a 65-51 advantage with just under four minutes to play.

Ramapo made some noise down the stretch, but couldn’t get closer than 11 points as Middlebury held on for the 73-62 victory.

The Panthers shot 47% from the field, while shooting 35% from beyond the arc. Middlebury finished the game with a 45-37 edge in rebounds.

Thompson scored 13 points to lead four Panthers in double figures. Joey Kizel ended the night with 12 points and seven assists, while Peter Lynch also scored 12. Wolfin contributed 10 points and nine assists, while Jack Roberts and James Jensen led the Panthers on the glass with 11 and 10 rebounds.

Ramapo’s Will Sanborn led all scorers with 17 points, while Stephon Treadwill recorded 16 points and eight rebounds. Laquan Peterkin pulled down 10 rebounds in the loss.

Lynch was named Tournament MVP, averaging 15.5 points a game, while Wolfin represented the Panthers on the All-Tournament team.