Men's Basketball Earns Road Win

December 2, 2012

Middlebury improved to 6-0 on the season with a 79-71 road win at Johnson & Wales (2-4) on Sunday afternoon. The fourth-ranked Panthers return to action on Thursday when they host Johnson State at 7:00 p.m.

Johnson & Wales' rookie Quarry Greenway paced the team with 17 points and five assists while Frank Robinson added 14 points and two rebounds for the Wildcats. Esaie Touze chipped in with 11 points and five boards while Jordan Jones was also in double figures with 12 points in the setback.

Middlebury was led by Joey Kizel with 20 points, eight assists and five steals, while Peter Lynch recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Hunter Merryman notched 15 points in the win for the Panthers.

Middlebury jumped out to the early 8-1 lead after a pair of free throws by Kizel. The visiting Panthers led 33-23 on a three pointer by Kizel with 5:07 on the clock. Johnson & Wales responded, however and closed out the half on a 17-6 run, taking the 40-39 lead into the locker room at halftime after a layup by Robinson with :04 left on the clock.  JWU shot an impressive 56.0% from the field for the stanza.

In the second half, JWU built on their lead and held a 51-45 advantage on a layup by Touze with 15:40 remaining. Middlebury then used a 10-4 run to tie the game at 55-55 with 11:20 remaining. With the score tied 63-63 with just over seven minutes remaining, Middlebury went on a 13-2 run, capped by a layup by Lynch to take a 76-65 lead. The Panthers then held on for the 79-71 victory.