The 13th-ranked Middlebury men's basketball team recorded a pair of second-half runs on its way to 92-82 road victory Tuesday evening at Keene State. The Panthers (3-0) continue their busy start to the season, playing their fourth game in seven days on Thursday with a 6:00 p.m. contest at SUNY Canton.
After a back-and-forth start to the contest, Keene State grabbed a 27-21 lead on an old-fashioned three-point play from James Anozie with 9:06 left before halftime. The Panthers put together a 19-3 run spanning 4:19, capped by back-to-back three-point field goals by Perry DeLorenzo for a 40-30 edge at the 4:47 mark. The advantage grew to as many as 12 (45-33) on a layup by Jack Farrell with 3:12 left, before a three by Keene State's Devon Beasley in the final seconds of the half pulled the hosts to within 49-42 at halftime.
Out of the intermission, the Owls slowly chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to 64-63 on a three from Beasley with 10:04 remaining. The Panthers rattled off a 7-0 spurt, highlighted by four points from Tommy Eastman, for a 71-63 edge. Keene State pulled to within 78-73 on a layup by Marcus McCarthy at the 4:51 mark, but the Panthers reeled off a quick 9-0 run covering 1:23 of action for their largest lead of the game at 87-73 on a three-point play from Farrell. Middlebury maintained a near double-digit lead for the remainder of the contest and cruised to the 92-82 win.
Farrell led five Panthers in double figures with 24 points on 10-15 shooting from the floor to go along with five assists and five steals. Matt Folger posted 19 points, moving into a tie for 19th place in the program's record books with 1,029 points. Folger also pulled down six rebounds and added three blocked shots. Eastman finished with a near double-double of 13 points and a team-best nine boards, while Ryan Cahill recorded a career-high 11 points with a trio of threes. Max Bosco added 10 points and seven rebounds in the win.
Nyzair Rountree paced the Owls with 14 points and nine rebounds, while McCarthy had 13 points and six assists. Beasley had 12 points, while Jeff Hunter and Anozie each tallied 11.