MIDDLEBURY - Middlebury College went on a 28-7 run to open the second half and cruised to a 76-56 win over Union on Saturday at Pepin Gym. With the victory, the 15th ranked Panthers improve to 7-0 on the season and wrap up their first semester with a perfect 7-0 record. The sevens wins to start a season tie a school-best set in 1917-18 and 2005-06.
In the first half, Middlebury broke open an early three all tie with a 15-4 run, highlighted by five points from Jake Wolfin. Union (3-3) went on a 6-0 spurt, cutting the lead to 18-15 at the 9:46 mark on a pair of threes from Drew Goldstein. The Panthers responded with an 18-5 run over the next six minutes, building a 36-20 advantage, as Ryan Wholey and Ryan Sharry each chipped in four points.
The Dutchmen fought back, closing the gap to 36-29 with 92 seconds left on a lay-up by Goldstein. A lay-in by Sharry bumped the lead up to nine with 1:13 remaining. In the final seconds of the first half, Jamal Davis stole the ball from under the Union basket and floated a short jumper in at the buzzer for a 40-29 lead at the break.
Nolan Thompson scored all 11 of his points during the decisive run to open the second half. Tim Edwards, in his first action of the season, capped the 28-7 burst with a three at the 9:05 mark for a 68-36 advantage as the Panthers cruised to the 76-56 win.
For the game, the Panthers shot .492 from the floor and held a 45-32 rebounding advantage. The Middlebury defense combined for 10 blocks, including a game-high four from Jamal Davis, and held the Dutchmen to .364 shooting on the afternoon.
Wolfin led the Panthers with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Sharry netted a dozen to go along with Thompson's 11. Rusmir Dzanko led all scorers with 16 points, as Joey Lokitis added 14 and Goldstein chipped in 11 for the Dutchmen.