Panthers NESCAC Champions

The Middlebury Panthers men's basketball team proved they deserved the conference's top seed this past weekend, when they defeated Bowdoin College 76-46 last Saturday, followed by Amherst 77-68 on Sunday to capture the 2009 NESCAC Championship.

On Saturday senior guard Ben Rudin scored a season high 30 points to lead the Panthers past Bowdoin 76-46. Middlebury went on a 15-5 run to close the first half, and a 10-4 run to open the second half to pull away, and they just kept adding to their lead from there. Kyle Dudley registered double digits in scoring too, with 11 points. Bowdoin was paced by Mark Phillips with 14.

In Sunday's Conference Championship Rudin and Ryan Sharry led the Panthers to a 77-68 win over Amherst. Rudin once again set the pace with 18 points, with Sharry contributing 15 more. Brian Baskauskas turned in a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

The Middlebury men's basketball team will make their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after capturing its first NESCAC title. The Panthers drew a first-round bye and will host the winner of the St. Joseph's (Maine) vs. Bridgewater State game (played Thursday) on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are priced at $6 for adults and $3 for students and will go on sale Tuesday at 10 a.m. You can purchase advance tickets by calling 802-443-6433. You can also stop by the central campus box office in McCullough during regular business hours, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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