Men’s Hoop: Middlebury Downs Conn. College in NESCAC Opener

Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

NEW LONDON, CT. — The Middlebury men’s basketball team opened up NESCAC play on Friday evening with an 82-60 road win at Connecticut College (5-7, 0-1) in the Charles B. Luce Field House. The fourth-ranked Panthers (8-2, 1-0) rattled off a decisive 13-0 run in the first half during the win. Middlebury returns to action on Saturday when it plays at Wesleyan starting at 3:00 p.m.

Ahead by two (17-15) in the first half, a three-point field goal from Max Bosco with 7:09 remaining capped a 13-0 run, giving the Panthers a 30-15 advantage. The visitors continued to increase their lead, doubling up the Camels at 42-21 with just over two minutes left in the half on a three from Joey Leighton from the left wing. Middlebury took a 46-23 lead into the halftime break.

Out of the locker room, a layup from Matt Folger with 16:35 showing on the clock gave the Panthers their largest lead of the contest at 27 (57-30). The Panthers maintained a 20-plus point lead over the remainder of the game, cruising to the conference road victory.

Folger led 12 Panthers in the scoring column with 16 points, while Adisa Majors added 13 off the bench.Jack Daly and Bosco both finished with nine points apiece.

David Labossiere led all players with 18 points for the Camels, while Dan Draffan had 10 off the host bench.