Middlebury men’s hoop to host quarterfinal
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team lost two games on the road to the first- and second-place teams in NESCAC this past weekend to finish the regular season at 14-10, 6-4 in league play.
They earned the No. 4 seed for the league tournament and will host No. 5 Wesleyan (18-6, 5-5 NESCAC) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Last Saturday, host first-place Trinity (18-6, 9-1) defeated the Panthers, 97-86. The game was close early on, but Trinity outscored the Panthers by 17-10 down the first-half stretch to lead by 10 at the break, 43-33. The Panthers scored the first hoop of the second half, but the Bantams answered immediately, and Middlebury was never able to get the stops needed to cut the lead to single digits again.
Adisa Majors led the Panthers with 15 points on seven-for-12 shooting from the floor and added a team-best eight rebounds. Bryan Jones made five of six shots to tie a season high with 14 points, while Matt St. Amour scored 12 points. Connor Huff contributed with seven points and six boards.
Trinity’s Jaquann Starks led all players with 20 points, while Shay Ajayi and Ogundeka each netted 16.
On Friday, Amherst, at 19-4, 8-2 NESCAC, defeated the Panthers, 83-70.
Amherst’s Jeff Racy went six-for-six from three-point range to finish with a team-high 18 points to help spark the Purple & White. Johnny McCarthy added 17 points, while Connor Green finished with 15 points.
Middlebury’s St. Amour finished with 20 points and hauled in a game-best seven rebounds. Majors followed with 18 points and six boards, while Jake Brown netted nine points. Jack Daly chipped in five assists, and Zach Baines totaled seven points off the bench.
Amherst shot 51.7 percent from the floor and led by as many as 15 points in the first half before the Panthers cut it to eight at the break, 41-33. The Panthers twice cut the lead to six after the break, only to see Amherst extend its advantage each time behind Racy three-pointers.