Men's Basketball With Fourth Straight 20 Win Season

February 4, 2012

Top-ranked Middlebury handed Colby a 72-53 loss on senior day Pepin Gym. The 20-1 Panthers extend their home court winning streak to 22 in and maintain a share of first place in the NESCAC with Amherst at 8-0, with the teams slated to meet next Saturday. Middlebury returns to action on Tuesday at Lyndon State, while Colby (6-15, 1-7) will battle for a tourney bid when they host Connecticut College and Wesleyan next weekend.

Middlebury jumped out to a 12-4 lead on a hoop from Ryan Sharry at the 14:34 mark of the first half. Colby cut the advantage to four at 15-11 when Alex Swanson drained a three with 10:20 remaining in the half. The Panthers answered with a 7-0 run, taking a 22-11 lead on a jumper from Joey Kizel at the 8:06 mark. Middlebury extended its lead to as many as 14 before Colby’s Eric Beaulieu made it a 33-21 game at the break with the final bucket of the first half. Sharry finished the first half with 10 points and 13 rebounds, as Middlebury held a 10-2 advantage in second chance points.

The Panthers opened the second half on an 11-3 run, taking a 44-24 lead with 15:05 remaining. After Colby’s Shane Rogers set the score at 44-28 at the 14:35 mark, Middlebury built a 29 point lead over the next eight minutes of play for a commanding 60-31 advantage with 6:55 left to play. Trailing 68-46 at 3:33, the Mules went on a 7-0 run on a pair of Beaulieu buckets sandwiched around a three by Connor O’Neill for a 68-53 deficit with 2:10 on the clock. A pair of Panther lay-ups capped the scoring as Middlebury won its 20th game for the fourth straight season.

A pair of Panthers hit double-figures in points as 11 different players scored in the contest. Sharry led Middlebury with 14 points and 16 rebounds, as Joey Kizel scored 11. Peter Lynch went 4-4 to earn eight points, while Dylan Sinnickson also netted eight. Colby’s Beaulieu equaled Sharry’s 14 points, Rogers notched a dozen, while Kyle Donovan scored eight with 10 boards.