Men’s Basketball Splits Close NESCAC Home Games

Max Bosco knocked down the game-winning three with 2.4 seconds left in Friday's win.
Max Bosco knocked down the game-winning three with 2.4 seconds left in Friday's win.

The 25th-ranked Middlebury men’s basketball team posted a 1-1 record during two NESCAC home contests to end the regular season. On Friday, sophomore Max Bosco (Scarsdale, N.Y.) knocked down a three with 2.4 seconds left, propelling Middlebury to an 80-79 victory over No. 8 Hamilton. A day later, Middlebury battled No. 19 Amherst in a back-and-forth game, as the Mammoths tallied the final five points for a 97-93 victory. The Panthers will host a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Saturday with an opponent and time to be determined.

  • Against Hamilton with the hosts up 42-34 at halftime, the Panthers scored the first nine points of the second stanza, grabbing their largest lead of the contest at 51-34 with 16:57 remaining on a three by sophomore Jack Farrell (Verona, N.J.).
  • Holding a 68-56 lead with 9:27 left, Hamilton rattled off 23 of the game’s ensuing 29 points, taking a 79-74 lead with 1:20 showing on the clock. 
  • Trailing 79-77 with 39 seconds left, a Continental jumper bounced out and junior Matt Folger (Weston, Conn.) secured the rebound. Farrell found Bosco on the right wing for the game-winning three with 2.4 ticks left and he was fouled. Bosco purposely missed the free throw, as a last-second 55-foot heave bounced off the backboard, giving the Panthers the 80-79 victory.
  • Farrell finished with 18 points and four assists, while Folger added 16 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots. Senior Hilal Dahleh (Cambridge, Mass.) chipped in with 14 points, while Bosco added 13.
  • Out of the intermission against Amherst, the hosts rattled off a 15-5 run spanning 4:11 of action, grabbing a 56-46 advantage on a three from Folger.
  • The Mammoths chipped away, cutting it to 68-64 with 11:41 left before the Panthers answered with 15 of the game's next 22 points, taking their largest lead at 83-71 on a layup from Farrell.
  • Amherst produced a 12-2 spurt over the next 3:34, cutting it to 85-83 with 4:15 remaining. Two free throws gave Middlebury a 93-92 edge, before a jumper put the Mammoths ahead 94-93 with 25 ticks remaining. A 15-foot jumper by Farrell hit the front rim, McCord tipped the rebound, but it fell off and Amherst converted 3-4 free throws for the final 97-93 score.
  • Farrell led five Panthers in double figures with 22 points, while Folger added 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of blocked shots. Folger moved into a fourth-place tie on the career blocked shots list with Mike Waggett's '82 mark of 158. Bosco and McCord each had 12 points, while junior Perry DeLorenzo (Middlebury, Vt.) added 10 points on 4-4 shooting.  

• Men’s basketball record: 18-6
• Up next: 2/16 hosts Colby or Tufts (NESCAC Quarterfinals)