Sixth-ranked Panthers defeats men's basketball

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 2, 2013
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Shane Rogers had 11 points Saturday. (Dustin Satloff Photography)

WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's basketball team may have had the hardest schedule in the country this weekend, facing a second straight top 10 opponent within 24 hours after falling 85-62 to sixth-ranked Middlebury College on Saturday in New England Small College Athletic Conference play. 
Middlebury completed a weekend sweep in Maine as the Panthers (19-1, 8-0) also earned a win at Bowdoin College on Friday night. Colby (6-15, 2-6) fell 64-61 to ninth-ranked Williams College on Friday. 
Middlebury shot 53.4 percent from the floor and forced 21 Colby turnovers in the game, resulting in 22 points. 

Colby held an 11-9 lead early on a three from Connor O’Neil at the 14:33 mark. With the game tied at 18-18, Middlebury went on a 10-2 run behind a pair of threes from Nolan Thompson and Joey Kizel to take a 28-20 advantage with 7:33 left in the first half. Leading by five, the Panthers closed the half on a 12-2 run in the final 3:40 to take a 48-33 lead into the intermission. Two more threes from Kizel sparked the run.

The margin grew to 21 early in the second half, as Middlebury scored seven of the first eight points to hold a 55-34 lead. The Mules cut the lead to 10 on a three from Chris Hudnut at the 12:22 mark, but three minutes later, a trey by Jake Wolfin again made it a 20-point game at 70-50 with 9:16 remaining. The lead grew to as many as 27 before the Panthers came away with the 85-62 win.

Peter Lynch led a balanced attack with 18 points on 8-11 shooting, while James Jensen netted 13. Kizel scored 12 points in the win, while Thompson added 10. Wolfin finished with nine assists in the contest.

Hudnut paced Colby with 15 points, Shane Rogers scored 11, and Sam Willson added 10. Gordon Fischer chipped in seven points.

MIDDLEBURY 85, COLBY 62
MIDDLEBURY (19-1, 8-0 NESCAC)
Peter Lynch 8-11 2-4 18; James Jensen 3-6 7-7 13; Joey Kizel 4-8 0-1 12;
Nolan Thompson 3-5 2-2 10; Jack Roberts 3-3 2-2 8; Jake Wolfin 2-8 3-3 7;
Matt Daley 3-4 0-0 6; Jake Nidenberg 3-5 0-0 6; Henry Pendergast 1-2 1-2 3;
Hunter Merryman 1-1 0-0 2; Chris Churchill 0-1 0-0 0; Albert Nascimento 0-0
0-0 0; Connor Huff 0-2 0-0 0; Dean Brierley 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-58 17-21
85.
COLBY (6-15, 2-6 NESCAC)
Chris Hudnut 6-11 2-4 15; Shane Rogers 4-6 0-0 11; Sam Willson 4-6 1-2 10;
Gordon Fischer 2-3 1-4 7; Ryan Jann 2-4 0-0 5; Danny Chase 2-5 0-0 4;
Michael Longinoff 2-4 0-1 4; Connor O'Neil 1-3 0-0 3; Patrick Stewart 1-2
0-0 2; Kareem Kalil 0-4 1-2 1; Nick Rimsa 0-0 0-0 0; Ben Brassord 0-1 0-0 0;
Jack Crampton 0-0 0-0 0; Jesse Coulon 0-0 0-0 0; Matt Mignon 0-0 0-0 0;
Jonathan Kalin 0-0 0-0 0; John Gallego 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-50 5-13 62.
Middlebury.................... 48 37  - 85
Colby......................... 33 29  - 62
3-point goals--Middlebury 6-13 (Joey Kizel 4-5; Nolan Thompson 2-3; Jake
Wolfin 0-1; Jake Nidenberg 0-1; Connor Huff 0-1; Dean Brierley 0-2), Colby
9-23 (Shane Rogers 3-4; Gordon Fischer 2-3; Ryan Jann 1-3; Connor O'Neil
1-3; Chris Hudnut 1-3; Sam Willson 1-2; John Gallego 0-1; Kareem Kalil 0-2;
Patrick Stewart 0-1; Michael Longinoff 0-1). Fouled out--Middlebury-None,
Colby-None. Rebounds--Middlebury 34 (Jack Roberts 8), Colby 26 (Connor
O'Neil 3; Gordon Fischer 3; Patrick Stewart 3; Chris Hudnut 3; Michael
Longinoff 3). Assists--Middlebury 22 (Jake Wolfin 9), Colby 16 (Danny Chase
3). Total fouls--Middlebury 14, Colby 15. Technical fouls--Middlebury-None,
Colby-None. A-300

 
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