Connecticut College took its only lead of the game when Jeff Young knocked down a pair of free throws with five seconds left, boosting the Camels a 68-67 win over Middlebury in the NESCAC opener for both teams.
Middlebury took a 16-7 lead early, behind nine points from rookie point guard Ben Rudin. The Panthers maintained the lead throughout the half, taking a 33-20 advantage into the break.
Middlebury led by as many as 13 in the second half, before Connecticut College made a run late in the game. Trailing 67-56 with 3:16 remaining, the Camels held Middlebury scoreless for the remainder of the game. Middlebury missed the front end of a one and one leading by one with 13 seconds left, giving the Camels a shot to take the lead. Following a miss, Young pulled down the offense rebound and was fouled before converting two of two. Rudin had a desperation shot to win it for Middlebury, but the shot bounced off the right side of the rim.
Rudin led Middlebury with a game-high 28 points on 10 of 17 shooting from the floor, while Sam Daly added eight. Young paced the Camels with 19, Charles Stone scored 17, while Christian Mosley chipped in with 13.