Courtesy of Tufts Sports Information
MEDFORD, Mass. – The second seeded Middlebury men's basketball team used a strong second half and 20 points each from Jake Brown and Matt St. Amour to pick up an 84-62 win over No. 6 Williams to win its second consecutive NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship on Sunday afternoon in Cousens Gym on the campus of Tufts University.
The Panthers, 24-3, receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will find out their next opponent Monday at noon during the NCAA Division III selection show. Williams falls to 19-8 with the loss and will await a possible at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Ephs led for nearly the entire first half. Kyle Scadlock made a jumper three and a half minutes into the game, and Daniel Aronowitz followed up with a layup, while Scadlock chipped in two more points on a pair of free throws to give the Ephs the 15-5 advantage. The Panthers responded with back-to-back three-pointers from Brown to cut the lead to four with 14:33 remaining in the half.
A three from the Panther's Jack Daly tied the game at 20 with 12:09 remaining in the half, but the Ephs answered and took the lead once again. Williams would lead by as many as 10, 34-24, with 7:45 left in the half, but the Panthers slowly chipped away at the lead. A layup from Matt Folger tied the game at 35 with 2:49 remaining in the half. The Ephs got a three from James Heskett, and after a free throw from the Panther's Daly, a Scadlock dunk gave the Ephs the four-point advantage, 40-36, going into the break.
Middlebury came out of the intermission on fire, and a layup from Nick Tarantino followed by two points from Eric McCord tied the game at 40 just a minute and a half into the second half. Middlebury scored 16 unanswered points to open the second half to take a 52-40 lead. The Panthers would hold on to that advantage and extended its lead to as many as 24 in the second half and went on to pick up the 84-62 win.
Scadlock finished with a double-double for the Ephs with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Aronowitz added 14 points and Heskett finished with eight.
For the Panthers, St. Amour and Brown each finished with 20 points. St. Amour added five rebounds and five assists to his day. Daly tallied eight points and a game-high nine assists. McCord totaled 10 points and Matt Folger finished with seven points and a team-high eight rebounds and Adisa Majors helped with ten points.