Matt St. Amour scored a career-high 27 points to lead Middlebury past Skidmore 89-84 on the road. The Panthers (6-2) built a comfortable lead late in the game before the Thoroughbreds made it a one-possession game in the final seconds. A Panther dunk by Jack Roberts with eight seconds left gave Middlebury some needed breathing room to secure the win.
Middlebury placed five players in double figures and shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half, on its way to a 90-80 win over Castleton State (1-3) in Pepin Gym. The Panthers wrap up their semester on Saturday with a 4:00 p.m. game at Skidmore.
Hunter Merryman scored 23 points with 13 rebounds - both game-highs - to lead Middlebury to a 92-79 victory over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in a non-league game at East Campus Arena. The 19th-ranked Panthers, who used a 16-7 run early in the second half to build a double-digit lead, improve to 4-2. The Engineers fall to 0-4.
In an early match-up of top-20 teams, 10th ranked St. Mary’s held off 18th ranked Middlebury 81-78 in overtime at the 10-team Hoopsville Classic in Owings Mills, Md. Joey Kizel, who hit a buzzer-beating three to send it to overtime, finished with a game-high 26 points, earning all-tournament honors. Middlebury (3-2) returns to action on December 1st, with a road contest at Rensselaer.
Middlebury dropped its first game of the season as the 18th-ranked Panthers (3-1) fell 80-69 at Stevenson in the Hoopsville Classic. Stevenson (2-0) scored 29 points on 25 Panther turnovers in the game to come away with the victory. The Panthers, who forced 19 turnovers of their own, return to action on Sunday when they face St. Mary’s.