GAME RECAP • 1/24/2015
MEN'S BASKETBALL vs. MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE
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Middlebury, VT--The University of Maine Fort Kent men's basketball team pulled off the biggest victory in recent program history Saturday afternoon by knocking off Middlebury College with a 71-62 score. Middlebury College plays in the NESCAC, one of the top NCAA Division III conferences in the entire country. The Panthers had a record of 13-2 before today's contest.
UMFK trailed 11-6 early after a three from Dylan Sinnickson at the 16:14 mark of the first half but the Bengals scored the next six points, taking a 12-11 advantage on a bucket from Marquis Glenn at the 13:43 mark. Leading scorer and rebounder Joe McCloskey scored the first six Bengal points but picked up his second personal foul with 12:51 remaining, forcing him to sit for the remainder of the half. The game swayed back and forth, with the Bengals taking a four-point advantage on a banked three from James Givens, making it a 24-20 game with 6:01 left. The Panthers tied the game on a jumper from Dean Brierley, before a buzzer-beating three from Jake Rioux gave UMFK a 35-28 halftime advantage.
The Bengals extended their lead to 42-33 in the second half on a three from Mauro Vicic with 15:41 remaining. Middlebury then made a run, scoring 11 of the game's next 13 points to tie the game at 44-44 forcing a UMFK timeout. Sinnickson scored six points during the spurt, as Merryman bookended the run with a two and a three.
UMFK answered with a big surge of its own, taking a 58-46 lead with 5:30 remaining after a 14-2 run. The Bengal defense held Middlebury to just four points over a 7 minute stretch in the middle of the half. The Panthers chipped away, coming within four at 62-58, with 2:53 left on a three but UMFK answered with a McCloskey jumper and the Bengals went 7-8 from the free throw line to seal the victory.
UMFK ended the game connecting on 5-13 threes, 14-21 from the line, while shooting 45% from the floor. The Panthers did not shoot well from long-range, going 7-27 (.259) from behind the arc, while shooting 35% from the floor overall, for a team that had been scoring 80 points per game and shooting over 45%. The 62 points was the second fewest given up by UMFK all season.
Joe McCloskey led all scorers with 20 points and Marquis Glenn had a huge game with 19 points and career high 17 rebounds, including 16 on the defensive end. Mauro Vicic added 11 for the Bengals.
Sinnickson finished with 20 points and 12 boards, while Merryman had 15 points and a dozen rebounds. Jake Brown dished out 10 assists.