The #12 Middlebury men's basketball team cruised past Williams 84-66 on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Panthers improve to 17-3 overall with a 3-2 conference mark, while the Ephs fall to 9-9 overall and 2-3 in the NESCAC. Middlebury is back in action on Friday when it travels to Trinity for a 7:00 p.m. start, while Williams heads to Connecticut College on the same day.
The Ephs took an 8-5 edge on a pair of charity tosses from Henry Reinberg at the 16:21 mark, before Middlebury's Tommy Eastman answered with a three to knot the game 8-8. The game saw four lead changes over the ensuing 6:45, before the Ephs sank three-straight shots from beyond the arc to take a 23-15 advantage.
The Panthers responded with a 13-3 burst with a layup and a three from Charley Moore to make it 28-26 with 6:25 showing on the clock. The teams traded three pointers to tie the game 31-31 with 5:29 to go, before Middlebury went on an 8-2 spurt, capped by a three from Perry DeLorenzo to close out the half with a 39-33 advantage.
Out of the break, Williams cut the deficit to four (39-35) with a layup from Matthew Karpowicz with 14 seconds expired. The hosts slowly increased the lead to double digits (48-38) with seven points coming from Jack Farrell during the first 4:02. Later, a 6-0 spurt sparked by a three from DeLorenzo, gave Middlebury its largest lead of the contest (70-55) with 7:25 showing on the clock. The Panthers led by double digits for the remainder of the contest, en route to its 84-66 victory.
Farrell led all players with 21 points, while Eastman had 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Middlebury. Matt Folger recorded 15 points and pulled down a game-high nine boards. Griffin Kornaker added 14 points and four assists.
Cole Prowitt-Smith led Williams with 13 points, while Henry Feinberg had 12 points and four rebounds. Jovan Jones had a team-high six caroms, while Karpowicz grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists.