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Men’s Basketball Drops NESCAC Opener to Fourth-Ranked Middlebury

Phil Leotsakos

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College men's basketball team dropped its NESCAC opener to No. 4 Middlebury by an 82-60 score on Friday evening at the Charles B. Luce Fieldhouse.

The opening 10 minutes was a nip-and-tuck battle between the squads with three ties and two exchanges of the lead. Middlebury (8-2, NESCAC 1-0), however, rattled off 13 unanswered to establish control. After senior captain Isaiah Robinson (Lynn, Mass.) made a jumper to bring the Camels within two at the midway point, Max Basco scored at the other end and made two shots from downtown during the stretch to get the Panthers going.

Middlebury, which held a commanding 46-23 advantage at recess, did not let up in the second half. Matt Folger canned a 3-point field goal to give the visitors a 27-point cushion with 3:29 left, and the Camels would settle for the 22-point loss despite getting a three-point play from sophomore Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) and another basket that came off the hands of classmate Bailey Whitman (North Wales, Pa.).

"Middlebury's fast break really hurt us tonight," said head coach Tom Satran. "I thought that was the difference in the game."

The Panthers were paced by point guard Jack Daly and Folger in the convincing win. Daly filled the stat sheet with nine points, 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals, while Folger notched a double-double with 16 points and 11 boards. He also had four helpers.

Junior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) led the Camels with a game-high 17 points. Lazor fell just shy of a double-double by finishing the game with nine points and 10 boards.

Connecticut College (5-7, NESCAC 0-1) will face its second nationally-ranked opponent in as many days when it hosts No. 11 Williams at 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.