Middlebury Cruises Past Plattsburgh

Tommy Eastman recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards (Will Costello).
Tommy Eastman recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards (Will Costello).

Third-ranked Middlebury improved to 13-0 on the season with a 99-60 win over Plattsburgh State on Tuesday night in Pepin Gym. The Panthers open NESCAC play on Friday when they visit 15th-ranked Amherst. The Cardinals (4-5) return to action on the same night when they host Geneseo at 7:30 p.m.

Middlebury jumped out to a huge start, holding a 19-2 lead on a three from Perry DeLorenzo with 14:06 on the clock. Jack Farrell sparked the run with a hoop and a pair of threes for eight points.

Plattsburgh scored the next seven points to cut the advantage to 19-9, before the Panthers answered with the next 11 points to go up 30-9 with 7:39 remaining in the first half. Farrell netted 9-11 points during the run. The lead grew to as many as 22 with the hosts taking a 46-24 advantage into the break.

Middlebury opened the second half with seven-straight points, including a three-pointer by Ryan Cahill to put his team up 53-24 just 1:11 in. The margin remained at 20 or more, with the Panthers closing the contest on a 13-4 run to make it a 99-66 final.

Farrell improved on his 16.3 ppg average with a game-high 25 points to go along with five steals and four assists. Max Bosco finished with 15 points, while Tommy Eastman recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards. Charley Moore added a career-best nine points in the victory.

Axel Rodriguez paced Plattsburgh with 15 points, while Erik Salo added a dozen.

Middlebury shot 49.3 percent from the floor in the game and held a 39-33 rebounding edge. The game marked the fourth time this season the Panthers have scored 90 or more points, with a season-high 99. Fourteen different players entered the scoring column for Middlebury.