No. 1 Middlebury drops Rensselaer
Panthers’ Sharry scores 41 points shooting 19-23 from field
TROY, N.Y. -- Senior Ryan Sharry connected on 19 of 23 field-goal attempts and scored a career-high 41 points to lead No. 1 Middlebury to a 123-111 victory against Rensselaer. The Panthers set a school record for points in a game on their way to improving to 10-0. Rensselaer, which got 21 points from Matt Pooley, fell to 3-5.
RPI opened the game by taking a 15-8 lead four minutes into the first half and held an advantage until Middlebury fought back to tie the game, 20-20 at the 12:21 mark. The score remained close throughout the first half with the Panthers holding a 64-57 lead at the break.
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The second half was much of the same up-and-down the court for both teams with Middlebury pulling ahead 79-62 nearly four minutes into the second half. The Panthers held a double-digit advantage until the 12-minute mark when RPI’s Nate Fiala and Pooley each scored six points to help RPI pull to within seven points, 87-80.
After Middlebury increased its lead to 12 points with 8:23 remaining (100-98), the Engineers went on a 10-0 run, thanks to eight points from Pooley and a pair from Daniel Martin, to get within two points.
The Panthers countered with a 13-4 run for a 113-102 lead with four minutes left and held off the Engineers from there.
In addition to his career-high 41 points, Sharry had nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
Six other players reached double figures in scoring for the Panthers. Dylan Sinnickson had 15 points and six rebounds, while Peter Lynch added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jake Wolfin had six points and tied a career-high 12 assists.
For Rensselaer, five others joined Pooleyin double digits. Jamie Zajac had 19 points, Fiala scored 15 and Martin finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.
RPI made 42 of its 92 shots to shoot 45 percent from the field, while Middlebury made 60 percent of its attempts, connecting on 49 of 81 shots.