MacDougall Scores 30 For Bantams, Panthers Take Top Seed in NESCAC
Hartford, Conn. - Senior co-captain guard Ben Rudin (Scarsdale, N.Y.) drove the length of the floor and dished to sophomore center Andrew Locke (Seattle, Wash.) for the game-winning lay-up with three seconds left in the second overtime to lead the visiting Middlebury College Panthers to a 87-76 win over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's basketball action this evening at Oosting Gymnasium.
Trinity falls to 8-14 overall and 3-5 in the NESCAC, while the Panthers, ranked No. 13 in the nation, improve to a 21-2 overall and 8-0 in the league with their 17th consecutive victory. Middlebury's win total and winning streak are both school records. The Panthers, which have also won 10 straight NESCAC road games, clinch the top seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the first time in school history. Trinity has also clinched its ninth consecutive appearance in the league's post-season tournament.
Trinity took a 76-74 lead in the first minute of the second overtime on a jumper by sophomore forward Luke MacDougall (Baldwinsville, N.Y.), but the Panther defense held Trinity without a point the rest of the way. Free throws by Middlebury junior forward Tim Edwards (Greenwich, Conn.) and sophomore forward Jamal Davis (Brooklyn, N.Y.) tied the game at 76-76 with two minutes on the clock. Trinity had the ball in the final minute but the Middlebury defense forced a long three-point try by sophomore guard Ian Fels (Miami, Fla.) as the shot clock expired. Locke rebounded the ball, passed to Rudin and sprinted to the Middlebury basket to receive Rudin's pass for the clincher.
Trinity freshmen center Chris Applegate (High Point, N.C.) had forced the first overtime on a put-back with nine seconds left in regulation, and Middlebury overcame a six-point deficit with under a minute to play in the first extra frame. Rudin scored two layups in the final 31 seconds of the first overtime, and Panther senior guard Kyle Dudley (Scarsdale, N.Y.) stole a Trinity pass to set Rudin up for the second one.
MacDougall came off the bench to lead all scorers with a career-high 30 points, making 1o out of 15 shots from the field, three out of four from long range, and seven out of eight from the foul line. Bantam senior co-captain forward Aaron Westbrooks (Dublin, Ireland) added 11 points and eight rebounds, while senior co-captain guard Paul Rowe (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had 10 points and five boards. Applegate controlled the glass with a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots and Fels dished out six assists. Rudin totaled 23 points and six assists for Middlebury, while senior co-captain forward Aaron Smith (West Hartford, Conn.) added 15 points, and freshman forward Ryan Sharry (Braintree, Mass.) had 11 points and a team-high nine rebounds off the Panther bench.