The Middlebury men's basketball team moved to 10-3 on the season as they defeated Colby-Sawyer 79-74 in the Pepin Gym. The Panthers return to action this Friday and Saturday when they host Connecticut College and Wesleyan in the opening weekend of NESCAC play.
A 12-2 run at the 17:52 mark of the first half gave Middlebury a 14-7 lead behind five points from Evan Thompson. The Panthers went on a 9-0 spurt midway through the half to take a 25-15 lead with 9:29 remaining in the half. The lead grew to 12 before Colby-Sawyer held Middlebury scoreless for the final 3:30 of the half, going on a 10-0 run to tie the game at 36 at the break.
Colby-Sawyer never led in the second half, trailing by as many as 12, keeping the game tight throughout. The game became a free throw shooting contest in the final two minutes, with Middlebury connecting on 12 of 18 to seal the win. Andrew Harris led the Panthers with 23 points on 7 of 12 shooting from the floor, while Evan Thompson neared a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Ben Rudin added 11 points in the win, while Mike Walsh scored 10 with eight boards.
James Thorpe and Andrew St. Clair scored 16 apiece to lead Colby-Sawyer, with St. Clair claiming 11 boards.