Top-Ranked Men's Basketball Tops Castleton
January 17, 2012
Ryan Sharry scored a game-high 28 points to lead top-ranked Middlebury to a 97-71 win over Castleton State College in Pepin Gymnasium. The Panthers shot over 61% from the floor, holding a sizeable 49-31 advantage on the boards. Middlebury returns to action on Friday night with a NESCAC contest at Hamilton.
Sharry, who also grabbed 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double in 10 games (29th career), shot 10-12 from the field to lead four Panthers in double figures. Joey Kizel followed with 18 points on 6-10 shooting, while Dylan Sinnickson added 15 on 5-7 shooting and Peter Lynch chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds. Jake Wolfin dished out eight assists in the win for the Panthers.
Mark Comstock led Castleton with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Matt Cooney added 10 points as the only other Spartan in double figures.
Middlebury reeled off 13-straight points early in the first half to turn a tie game into a 21-8 lead with 12:38 remaining on a Sinnickson lay-up. Keith Schneider answered with a three-pointer for Castleton, but Middlebury maintained a healthy margin over the 10 minutes of play and led 38-29 with 2:53 left in the first half after a Comstock lay-in. It was as close as the Spartans would come, as Middlebury went on a 9-0 run over the next minute, pushing the lead to 18, before settling into a 49-34 margin at the interval.
The Panthers controlled the second half, and led by as many as 27 (94-67) with 1:57 remaining before settling in for the 26-point final margin.
Middlebury extended its home winning streak to 18 with the victory, holding the Spartans to just 71 points, 22.6 below their average of 93.6 (3rd nationally).