Plymouth State 76-68 Men’s Basketball Tops

Thomas Zodda grabbed six boards in the win.

Box Score Middlebury’s men’s basketball team extended their winning streak to 12 with a 76-68 win at Plymouth State (7-6) on Tuesday night. The Panthers (14-2) will travel to No. 20 Williams on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. warning.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair, with the teams tied three times before either could take a significant lead. Tied at 14 points apiece with 11:47 to go, Plymouth State rode 10-4 to take a 24-18 lead. Middlebury reduced the deficit to one with a three-pointer from Sam Steven at 7:01. The hosts scored back-to-back treys to increase the lead to 30-23 with 5:50 remaining in the half. Trailing 35-28, Middlebury collected the last four points of the stanza to make it 35-32 before the break.

Middlebury came out strong in the second half, collecting 10 of the first 14 points. Noah Osher sank two shots from beyond the arc during the span, helping the visitors to a 42-39 lead with 16:25 remaining. Plymouth State responded with a 5-0 surge in the ensuing 1:25 to take a 44-42 advantage. The visitors responded with a 13-4 run, making it 55-48 with just over 10 minutes left in the game. The duration was triggered by a three from Stevens, with Osher scoring eight runs, including a pair of threes. Middlebury slowly increased their lead, taking a double-digit lead (69-58) after a pair of charity shots from David Brenan with 3:56 remaining. Plymouth State responded with a 6-0 flurry, cutting the deficit to five (69-64) with 2:18 to go. It was as close as the hosts would get as Middlebury went five-for-six to the boards for the final 76-68.

Osher led all players with a career-high 29 points, shooting 70.6 percent from the floor. Alex Sobel recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while also stopping three shots in the victory. Stevens added 13 points, while Jaden Bobbet knocked down seven boards.

Dante Rivera beat Plymouth State with 17 points and seven rebounds. Manny Alisandro had 13 points, while Kevin Henry added 10.

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