Fifth-ranked Middlebury snapped #18 Albertus Magnus' 11-game winning streak, as the Panthers (15-1) picked up an 84-76 win over the Falcons (11-2) on Tuesday in Pepin Gym. Middlebury returns to action on Friday when it hosts #12 Colby at 7:00 p.m., while Albertus Magnus entertains Colby-Sawyer at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The Falcons led 14-8 on a hoop from Tyreek Perkins with 15:28 on the clock. The Panthers took their first advantage of the game on a three from Ryan Cahill at the 11:15 mark, making it a 20-18 contest. Trailing by one (30-29) with 3:57 remaining, the Panthers closed the first half on a 13-4 run to lead 42-34 at the break.
The margin increased to 15 (51-36) 1:27 into the second session on a three-pointer by Jack Farrell. Middlebury led by 10 (60-50) at the 14:07 mark, before an 11-0 run put them up 71-50 with 11:23 left to play. Max Bosco sparked the run with seven points. The Falcons scored the next seven points and slowly chipped away, making it a seven-point game at the 3:22 mark after a pair of free throws from Justice Washington. A clutch three from the corner by Matt Folger put the hosts up 79-68 with 2:07 on the clock as the Panthers went on to the 84-76 win.
Bosco led all scorers with 23 points, including a perfect 9-9 from the free-throw line. Folger earned his sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards, to go along with five blocked shots. Tommy Eastman finished with 15 points, Cahill netted a dozen, while Farrell finished with 11 points and six assists.
Jahmerikah Green-Younger led Albertus Magnus with 18 points, Perkins netted 16, while Damian Grant scored nine with seven rebounds. Marquan Watson finished the game with seven points, six rebounds and four blocks.
Middlebury held a 46-37 rebounding advantage in the game. The Panthers are now 7-0 at home and surpassed the 80-point mark for the ninth time this season. Folger now has 1,120 career points, moving into third place at Middlebury past Dave Nelson '76 (1,108).