Middlebury shot .625 from the floor in the second half as the Panthers cruised to a 92-59 win over Johnson State. Middlebury held a decisive 55-31 edge on the boards, pulling down 21 offensive rebounds on the night.
Johnson State jumped out to a 6-0 lead early, but Middlebury was right back in the game with a three from Evan Thompson. The Panthers took the lead at the 12:26 mark and would never trail again. The advantage stayed in single-digits until Middlebury closed the half on a 12-2 run in the final 3:51 to take a 42-25 lead at the break.
The Panthers came out firing in the second half, going on a 26-5 run to take a 68-30 lead with 12:44 remaining in the contest. The lead grew to as many as 41, with the Panthers earning the 92-59 win.
Thompson led all scorers with 27 points on 9 of 13 shooting on the night. The balanced scoring attack saw every player in uniform score, with only Aaron Smith entering double-digits with 10 points. Mike Walsh grabbed 10 boards on the night, Wil Hyatt netted nine, Kyle Dudley scored seven, while Ben Ehrlich had five points and seven boards.
Bobby Shedd paced Johnson with 13, while Charlie Viana and Tim Santarcangelo netted 11 points apiece.