Men’s hoop wins three; now ranked at No. 12

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team won three recent games, two at home before picking up a road victory on Tuesday. The 4-0 Panthers were ranked No. 12 in the most recent NCAA Division III poll and were set to visit New England College on Thursday night before hosting Keene State on Saturday at 4 p.m.
On Nov. 20 five Panthers reached double figures in an 83-37 win over Northern Vermont University-Johnson. The Panthers led by 44-20 at the break, and a 22-0 run pushed the lead to a game-high 49 at 76-27.
Joey Leighton led Middlebury with 15 points, while Alex Sobel scored 14 with 11 boards. Jack Farrell added 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists; Max Bosco netted 10 with four helpers; and Ryan Cahill scored 10.
Robert Dubose led all scorers with 16 points for the Badgers. Middlebury outrebounded the Badgers, 55-27.
The Panthers faced a tougher test at home from previously unbeaten Endicott on Sunday, but used a 20-4 second-half run to win, 101-96.
The first half saw 11 lead changes, five ties and a barrage of three-pointers. The Gulls took their biggest lead at 45-38 on a three by Keith Brown at 4:40, but the Panthers rallied to within two at the half, thanks to a Griffin Kornaker three and Sobel’s buzzer-beating layup. In the half Middlebury hit eight of 14 threes, while Endicott nailed 13 of 25.
The Gulls went on a 10-0 run to take a 73-70 lead midway through the second half. But Matt Folger sparked the Panthers’ decisive 20-4 run with 11 points, and Eric McCord capped it with a tip-in that made it 90-77 with 5:25 to go.
Folger led the way with career-best marks of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Kornaker added a career-high of 19 points to go along with six assists. Middlebury resident Perry DeLorenzo provided a spark off the bench in both halves and finished with a career-high 16 points, including a trio of threes, while Farrell chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds. Bosco added 11 points and five helpers off the bench, while McCord chipped in 13 rebounds and seven points.
Kyle Henderson led Endicott with 26 points to go with six rebounds, Matt McDevitt sank seven threes and scored 23 points, and Brown added 20 points and six boards. Middlebury earned advantages in rebounds (47-32), points in the paint (48-22) and shooting percentage (57.5- 42.5).
 On Tuesday the Panthers won at Morrisville State, 78-63. The Panthers took a 10-2 lead as Farrell scored seven points, and led by 43-29 at the half on late threes from Bosco and Cahill. Middlebury stretched the lead to 20 in the second half before settling for the 15-point victory.
Bosco led Middlebury with a career-high 23 points off the bench. Farrell scored 15 with four assists, while Sobel netted 14 points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked four shots. Folger recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds, McCord finished with eight boards, and Kornaker dished out six assists. The Panther bench outscored its counterparts by 43-8.
Kevin Dennis scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Morrisville, which dropped to 3-2.

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