The fifth-seeded Middlebury men's basketball team (20-5) fell 100-82 at fourth-seeded Trinity in NESCAC Quarterfinal action on Saturday afternoon. The Bantams (17-8) advance to the semifinals on Saturday, February 28th, while the Panthers will wait to hear about their NCAA Tournament fate when the selection show airs on March 2nd at 12:30 p.m.
Middlebury's Max Bosco got things going early, hitting a shot from beyond the arc, before a layup from Jack Farrell with 17:58 showing on the clock gave the visitors an early 5-0 edge. The Bantams responded with an 12-2 run, capped by a jumper and a free throw from Joseph Bell to take a 12-7 edge at the 14:15 mark. Trinity slowly increased its lead, before a jumper from Charles Redd gave the hosts a 21-11 advantage at the midway point of the first half.
The Panthers cut the deficit to five (21-16) on a pair of charity tosses from Tommy Eastman. Trinity answered with an 11-3 run, making it 32-19 with 6:17 remaining in the opening session. Middlebury got within seven (32-25) on a layup from Farrell at the 5:11 mark, but the hosts slowly stretch the lead to 48-34 heading into the intermission.
Out of the break, the Bantams continued to increase their lead, maintaining more than a 20-point advantage for most of the half as they cruise to the 100-82 victory.
Farrell led the Panthers with 29 points, moving up to 16th on Middlebury's all-time scoring list with 1,068, surpassing Jack Daly '18 (1,067). Eastman recorded 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Griffin Kornaker dished out six assist and Bosco tallied 11 points.
Bell paced all players with 23 points, while pulling down seven boards. Kyle Padmore scored 19 points and tallied a game-high 12 assists, while Colin Donocan and Nick Seretta each contributed 15 points apiece. Seretta also grabbed a game-high nine boards.