Men's Basketball Thumps Trinity
February 10, 2012
The Middlebury men’s basketball team had little trouble at Trinity, picking up a 76-47 road win. The Panthers (21-1, 9-0) shot .547 from the floor, holding the Bantams (10-13, 2-7) to .265. Second-ranked Middlebury returns to action at Amherst Saturday with the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament on the line, as both teams enter the game with perfect 9-0 marks in league play.
Middlebury opened up a 37-21 lead with just under five minutes left in the first half, before Trinity scored eight straight, including four by Mick DiStasio to close to 37-29 on a layup by Alex Conaway. Middlebury’s Joey Kizel hit a jumper in the final minute for a 39-29 Panther lead at the break. Middlebury Ryan Sharry led all scorers with 10 points at intermission, while the visitors made 58.6 percent of their first-half field goal attempts. The Panthers opened the second half with an 11-2 run and went ahead, 64-44, on a three-pointer by Nolan Thompson at the six-minute mark. Middlebury scored 12 of the game's final 15 points to account for the 76-47 final.
Trinity’s Chris Applegate scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Sharry finished with 19 points, 11 boards, and two blocks. Thompson added 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the Panthers. Kizel finished with nine points, while Jake Wolfin scored seven with five assists.