Middlebury defeated Connecticut College 69-59 in the NESCAC season finale for both teams. With the road win, the Panthers finish the season in fourth place and will host its first-ever NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal game on Saturday, February 17th at 2:00 p.m. against Colby. The Camels end their season at 11-13.
Connecticut College junior Charles Stone reached the 1,000 point plateau in the first half, finishing with a game-high 18 points in the contest. Tim Edwards posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Panthers. Aaron Smith tallied 11 points and grabbed two rebounds in the game. Connecticut College junior Jeff Young finished with 12 points for the hosts.
With 2:04 to play in the opening half, the Panthers built a 31-19 lead with a field goal from Albert Handy . But the Camels ended the half with an 8-0 run, closing the gap to four points at the intermission. Ulises Veras put back a missed jump shot at the buzzer and the Middlebury lead was 31-27 at the break.
Middlebury extended its lead to nine in the second half but the Camels continued to hang around with some inside defense and rebounding. With 1:06 remaining, Billy Karis fed Stone in the post for a deuce and the visitors lead was reduced to four, 60-56. But Middlebury was able to sink seven free throws in the final minute and the Camels could not get any closer.