After surviving a close call at Trinity last Friday night to extend their winning streak to 17 straight games, the Panthers lost in their season finale last Saturday at Amherst 71-64. Middlebury, who finished the season at 21-3, earned the number one seed in the NESCAC Conference Tournament, which begins this weekend.
Ben Rudin dished to Andrew Locke for the game-winning lay-up with three seconds left in the second overtime to lead Middlebury past Trinity 78-76. Rudin led the Panthers with 23 points. Andrew Locke and Ryan Sharry also registered double-digits in scoring for Middlebury. Contributing an additional 15 and 11 points respectively to the win. Trinity's Luke MacDougall led all scorers with 30 points.
But on Saturday the Panthers 17 game winning streak came to an end, along with their 10 game conference road winning streak, which was ten games, and dated back to the 2006-2007 season. Brian Baskauskas turned in a double-double to lead Colby to a 71-64 win. Baskauskas scored 18 points and hauled in a dozen rebounds. Conor Meehan and Glen Wong added another 12 and 11 to the huge win. Rudin once again led all scores, pouring 29 points in defeat for Middlebury. Locke reached double-digits for the second straight game, adding another 11 to the Panthers final tally.
As the number one seed in the conference tournament the Middlebury College men's basketball team will host Connecticut College in a NESCAC Quarterfinal game this Saturday, at 3:00 p.m. If victorious, the Panthers will host the NESCAC semifinals and finals in Pepin Gym next Saturday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 1.
Tickets are priced at $5 for adults and $2 for students and go on sale one hour before tipoff in the two Pepin lobbies. Advanced ticket sales can be purchased by going to go.middlebury.edu/tickets or by calling (802) 443-6433. You can also stop by the central campus box office in McCullough during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.