MIDDLEBURY, VT—In an entertaining NESCAC battle, the Middlebury Panthers (10-7) outlasted the Williams Ephs (12-6) by a final score of 75-69. With the loss, the Ephs are now 3-3 in NESCAC play and are tied for fifth in the conference standings.
Senior center Ed Flynn picked up two early fouls and exited the game for the remainder of the first half with 17:34 remaining. In his absence, Coach App gave significant minutes to his three freshmen big men. Marcos Soto, Michael Kempton, and Jake Porath combined for only 3 points in the half while Middlebury senior forward Matt Daley scored 9. Soto and Kempton also each picked up two fouls in the half.
A huge half from freshman Kyle Scadlock combined with hot outside shooting allowed the Ephs to overcome their early foul trouble. Scadlock scored 14 points on 5-7 shooting. Overall, Williams shot 6-9 (66.7%) from three-point range on their way to a 41-36 halftime lead.
The beginning of the second half mirrored that of the first as Flynn picked up two quick fouls and had to exit the game. Strong play from junior Daniel Aronowitz helped the Ephs maintain the lead for the first ten minutes of the half. The Panthers would go on a 14-0 run and take a 54-49 lead with 8:55 remaining.
Williams would respond and eventually retake the lead at 58-57 on an Aronowitz three with 6:31 left. For the next few minutes sophomore Cole Teal and Middlebury junior Matt St. Amour engaged in a three-point shootout. The two players combined for 9 made threes in the game. St. Amour's three with 2:51 left gave the Panthers a 70-67 lead, a lead they would not relinquish. Middlebury would go on to win 75-69.
Two careless turnovers in the final minutes doomed the Ephs as the Panthers converted at the free throw line on the other end. Despite a monstrous first half, Middlebury held Scadlock to only 2 second half points. In addition, the Middlebury bench outscored the Williams bench 32-15.
Aronowitz continued his strong play with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
St. Amour led the Panthers with 20.
Williams next plays Wednesday, January 27th vs. Amherst at 7:00 P.M.