The Middlebury men's basketball team opened up NESCAC play on Friday evening with an 82-60 road win at Connecticut College (5-7, 0-1) in the Charles B. Luce Field House. The fourth-ranked Panthers (8-2, 1-0) rattled off a decisive 13-0 run in the first half during the win. Middlebury returns to action on Saturday when it plays at 14th-ranked Wesleyan starting at 3:00 p.m.
Ahead by two (17-15) in the first half, a three-point field goal from Max Bosco with 7:29 remaining capped a 13-0 run spanning 2:30 of action, giving the Panthers a 30-15 advantage. The visitors continued to increase their lead, doubling up the Camels at 42-21 with just over two minutes left in the half on a three from Joey Leighton from the left wing. Middlebury took a 46-23 lead into the halftime break.
Out of the locker room, a layup from Matt Folger with 16:40 showing on the clock gave the Panthers their largest lead of the contest at 27 (57-30). The Panthers maintained a 20-plus point lead over the remainder of the game, cruising to the conference road victory.
Folger led 12 Panthers in the scoring column with 16 points on 6-10 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. He also dished out four assists and added three blocked shots, while Adisa Majors added 13 off the bench on 6-7 from the floor. Bosco was also in double figures with 11 points including a trio of threes, while Jack Daly finished with nine points, a team-best 10 assists as well as six rebounds.
David Labossiere led all players with 18 points for the Camels to go along with seven rebounds, while Dan Draffan had 10 points off the host bench. Patrick Lazor had a near double-double of nine points and a team-high 10 boards.
The Panthers possessed an advantage in points in the paint (40-26) as well as bench points (41-23) during Friday's win, limiting the Camels to 34.3 percent (23-67) from the floor and just 10 percent (2-20) from beyond the arc.