Middlebury shot 50 percent from the floor en route to a 100-91 win over Bates (4-11, 1-2) on Friday night in Alumni Gym. The Panthers (12-4, 2-1) return to action on Saturday with a 3:00 p.m. start at Tufts.
A back-and-forth game early saw a three from Middlebury's Griffin Kornaker give the visitors a 10-7 lead at the 15:27 mark. Trailing 37-34 with 4:27 left in the first half, the Panthers scored 17 of the game's next 21 points, taking a 51-41 lead into halftime. Middlebury hit five-consecutive threes to start the run, with a pair from Kornaker.
Middlebury led 65-53 at the 14:15 mark before a quick 5-0 spurt brought the Bobcats back within seven (65-58). A minute later, three-point field goals on consecutive possessions by Joey Leighton and Max Bosco put the Panthers up 74-60 with 10:50 remaining in the contest.
The lead hovered around a dozen points for much of the half, extending to 14 (88-74) on a jumper from Matt Folger with 3:25 remaining, as the Panthers picked up the road win.
Bosco led five players in double figures with a career-high 28 points, going 10-12 from the line, while dishing out five assists. Jack Farrell finished with 20 points and a career-best eight assists, while Folger netted 14. Leighton scored 13 points, Kornaker had 10 with a career-high seven assists, while Alex Sobel grabbed eight boards.
Nick Lynch led Bates with 25 points and 11 rebounds, Kody Greenhalgh scored 18, while Tom Coyne added 17. Jeff Spellman finished with nine points and 10 assists for the Bobcats.
Middlebury went 33-66 from the floor in the game, converting 17-33 (.515) from long range, while Bates shot .486 (34-70) from the floor.