Men's Basketball Handles Lyndon

February 7, 2012

The second-ranked Middlebury men’s basketball team cruised to a 103-70 non-conference victory over Lyndon State (4-16) on the road. The Panthers (21-1) next travel to Trinity for a NESCAC match-up on Friday.

Middlebury scored 14 of the game’s first 16 points and led by as many as 20 midway through the half. A three from the Hornets’ Steve Gantt cut the Panthers lead to 17 at 9:21, but that’s as close as Lyndon State would get. Middlebury shot .564 in the half, taking a 56-33 lead into the locker room.

The Panthers went back to work in the second half, quickly building a 75-41 lead with 13:39 to play. Lyndon State used an 8-0 run to cut the lead back down to 26 points at 11:57, but a 16-3 Middlebury burst built the advantage back to 39 points as the Panthers closed out the victory. 

Middlebury shot .543 for the game, while holding Lyndon State to .387 from the floor. The Panthers also held a 49-33 edge on the glass.

Ryan Sharry posted his 11th double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 boards to lead Middlebury. Peter Lynch tallied 17 points on 6-8 shooting from the floor, and 4-4 from the charity stripe, while Dylan Sinnickson picked up 11 points. Fifteen different Panthers found the scoring column on the night with no one playing more than 20 minutes.

Lyndon State had four players in double figures, led by Justin Winston and John Williams with 13 points each. Devyn Baranauskas chipped in with 12 points, while Gantt added 10.