The Middlebury College Panthers started the second half with a 16-8 run to break open a close game on their way to a 79-53 non-conference men's basketball victory over the University of New England on Wednesday afternoon at the Campus Center.
The first half was back-and-forth, featuring four ties and seven lead changes. Wil Hyatt buried a 3-pointer from the left corner as the buzzer sounded to give Middlebury a 32-26 advantage heading into the break.
The Panthers would come out strong to start the second frame, doubling up UNE (16-8) over the opening six minutes. Ben Rudin nailed a trey at the 14:21 mark to cap the spurt and give the visitors a 48-34 cushion.
The Nor'easters would respond right away, scoring eight consecutive points. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Mike Floyd and Isaac Stickney pulled UNE to within six (48-42) at the 12:05 mark.
Three different players scored during a 7-point flurry as the Panthers regained momentum to assume a 55-42 advantage. From there, Middlebury dominated the rest of the way, outscoring the hosts 24-11 to win going away.
Evan Thompson and Matt Westman finished with 12 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring output for the winners. Tim Edwards and Aaron Smith each added 10.
Middlebury (6-3) held a 52-37 advantage on the glass and forced 21 UNE turnovers.