Jake Brown scored a career-high 31 points to lead #22 Middlebury (14-3) to a 100-90 victory over Lyndon State (6-10) in Pepin Gym. The Panthers return to NESCAC action on Saturday when they face Hamilton at 3:00 p.m., while the Hornets visit UMaine-Farmington on Friday.
Middlebury moved out to a 14-6 lead in the game's first 2:59 behind seven points from Matt St. Amour. Lyndon responded with a 14-4 run behind a pair of threes from Eric Vargas to go up 20-18 at the 12:09 mark. Trailing 23-21, the Panthers had an answer, scoring the game's next eight points for a 29-23 advantage with 9:47 remaining in the first half. The game went back and forth, with Middlebury closing the first 20 minutes with a 6-0 spurt to take a 49-23 lead into the break.
The Panthers went up nine (56-47) on a bucket from St. Amour at the 17:38 mark of the second half. Lyndon hung tough, with a three from Josiah Woodruff cutting the lead to 59-55 with 15:14 remaining. Middlebury extended its lead to 10 points (68-58) before a 14-2 run by the Hornets tied the game at 72-72 at the 9:13 mark on a three from Raymond Monroe.
Middlebury had a response, going on a decisive 10-0 run that saw points from five different players, putting them up 82-72 with 6:44 left to play. A three from Woodruff cut the lead to seven on Lyndon's next possession, but that's as close as the Hornets would get, as the Panthers went on to pick up the win.
Brown's 31 points came on 9-16 shooting from the floor and 10-10 at the free throw line to go along with seven assists. St. Amour went 7-14, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds and five assists. Matt Folger finished with a career-high 11 points, added eight rebounds and blocked three shots, while Jack Daly dished out six helpers.
Monroe led Lyndon with 22 points, going 8-10 from the floor and 6-7 from behind the arc. Woodruff added 20 points and six rebounds, knocking down 4-7 from long range, while Xavier Colbert netted 18.
Middlebury shot 50.7 percent from the floor, while Lyndon knocked down 51.5 percent of its shots. The Hornets long-range game kept them in the contest all night, as they finished 17-31 (.548) behind the arc. The Panthers held a 40-26 rebounding lead in the game.