The Middlebury College men's basketball team improved to 5-0 on the season with a 68-64 win over Union (2-1). With the win, the Panthers are now 5-0 for the first time since the team's inaugural season in 1917-18.
Leading 24-21, Middlebury closed the first half on a 12-4 run to take a 36-25 lead into the intermission. The lead grew to as many as 13 in the second half, before the Dutchmen made a charge. A 12-0 run at the 13:58 mark cut the advantage to a pair at 45-43. Union would take its first lead since the opening bucket at the 8:47 mark on a lay up from Jim Rahill, putting them ahead 48-47.
Middlebury led by four with 2:29 remaining when Ben Rudin stole the ball and converted the layup to give the Panthers a six-point lead. On their next possession, Rudin completed a three-point play and then knocked down a pair of free throws with 1:13 left to make it a 65-59 game. John Cagianello brought Union back as was fouled converting a shot. The Dutchmen grabbed the rebound on the missed free throw, with Cagianello knocking down a three to make it a one-point game at 65-64. Following a timeout, Middlebury worked the clock down to 10 seconds when Rudin found an open Kyle Dudley who knocked down the baseline three to seal the game.
Cagianell paced Union with a game-high 33 points on 10 of 17 shooting, while Brian Scordato added 11.