Men’s Hoops: Middlebury Stays Unbeaten, Tops Stevens 76 -66

Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

HOBOKEN, NJ. — The Middlebury men’s basketball team picked up a 76-66 win at Stevens (7-1) on Sunday afternoon. The fourth-ranked Panthers (9-0) are off for finals week before hosting Morrisville on December 16th at 3:00 p.m.

Middlebury jumped out to a 17-2 lead in the game’s first 5:48 of play. Jack Farrell had two three-pointers during the run with a two and a three from Max Bosco. Stevens responded with the next 13 points, with eight from Spencer Cook, making it a 17-15 contest at the 10:59 mark. The runs continued as the Panthers scored the next eight points, taking a 25-15 advantage at the 9:04 mark after five points from Tommy Eastman. Stevens chipped away, cutting the margin to 28-27 with 4:17 on the clock. Middlebury closed the half on a 9-1 run, taking a 37-28 lead into the intermission.

The Panthers extended the lead to 46-30 on a hoop from Farrell at the 17:14 mark of the second session. The advantage remained in double digits for most of the half, until the Ducks mustered up a 6-0 spurt to cut the lead to five (64-59) with 2:59 left to play. Matt Folger answered with a three, followed by a Stevens hoop and another Folger trey to put the visitors on top 70-61 with 1:02 remaining, as the Panthers cruised to the 76-66 win.

Folger finished the game with 18 points and 13 rebounds on 7-14 shooting from the floor. Bosco netted 15 with six rebounds, while Farrell also had 15 to go along with six assists and three steals. Alex Sobel finished with eight points, five rebounds four blocks and three steals.

Cook led all scorers with 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Michael Zignorski netted 15 for the Ducks, while Alec Dipietrantonio had 13 points to go along with a game high 14 rebounds.