#5 Men’s Basketball Falls to #12 Colby

Jack Farrell scored a team-high 20 points during the contest.
Jack Farrell scored a team-high 20 points during the contest.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The #5 Middlebury men's basketball team fell 89-82 to visiting #12 Colby on Friday evening in Pepin Gymnasium. The loss was just the second for the Panthers (15-2, 1-2), while the Mules improve to 14-0 with an unblemished 3-0 NESCAC mark. Middlebury is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Bowdoin at 3:00 p.m., while Colby heads to Williams.

Colby jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the game's first 2:08 of play, capped by a layup from Alex Dorion. Middlebury chipped away at the deficit, cutting the margin to 23-22 with 8:56 on the clock. The Mules answered with an 8-0 run with six points from Sam Jefferson, extending the advantage to 37-27. The Panthers closed out the half with a 7-2 spurt, cutting the deficit to five (39-34).

Trailing 47-37, Middlebury utilized a 6-0 burst, sparked by a three from Max Bosco, to cut the deficit to four (47-43) with 15:11 remaining. Colby maintained its lead, extending it to 11 (67-56) after a 7-0 spurt with 9:28 left to play. The Panthers answered with a 15-2 run sparked by five points apiece from Perry DeLorenzo and Jack Farrell to take their first lead of the game (71-69) with 5:52 remaining. Later in the half, back-to-back threes put the Mules on top, 82-72 with 1:56 showing on the clock. Middlebury was forced to foul late, but the Mules converted 7-8 from the charity stripe to secure the 89-82 victory.

Farrell scored a team-high 20 points, while Bosco netted 15. Matt Folger grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, while Tommy Eastman scored 14 points and added six rebounds.

Dorion led all players with 23 points, while Jefferson had 22. Will King grabbed nine boards and dished out seven assists, while Matt Hanna netted 19, converting 7-7 free throws.

Both teams were hot from the floor, as the Panthers shot 46.5% and Colby converted 50% of it's shots.