Men's Hoops Pulls Away From Colby

February 2, 2013

Middlebury completed a weekend sweep in Maine as the Panthers (19-1, 8-0) earned an 85-62 NESCAC road win at Colby (6-15, 2-6). The sixth-ranked Panthers shot 53.4% from the floor and forced 21 Colby turnovers in the game, resulting in 22 points. Middlebury returns to action on Tuesday when they host Lyndon State at 7:30.

Colby held an 11-9 lead early on a three from Connor O’Neil at the 14:33 mark. With the game tied at 18-18, Middlebury went on a 10-2 run behind a pair of threes from Nolan Thompson and Joey Kizel to take a 28-20 advantage with 7:33 left in the first half. Leading by five, the Panthers closed the half on a 12-2 run in the final 3:40 to take a 48-33 lead into the intermission. Two more threes from Kizel sparked the run.

The margin grew to 21 early in the second half, as Middlebury scored seven of the first eight points to hold a 55-34 lead. The Mules cut the lead to 10 on a three from Chris Hudnut at the 12:22 mark, but three minutes later, a trey by Jake Wolfin again made it a 20-point game at 70-50 with 9:16 remaining. The lead grew to as many as 27 before the Panthers came away with the 85-62 win.

Peter Lynch led a balanced attack with 18 points on 8-11 shooting, while James Jensen netted 13. Kizel scored 12 points in the win, while Thompson added 10. Wolfin finished with nine assists in the contest, bringing his career total to 512.

Hudnut paced Colby with 15 points, Shane Rogers scored 11, while Sam Wilson added 10.