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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury advanced to sectionals after an 89-73 win against Albertus Magnus on Saturday.

Albertus Magnus came out charging, taking a 7-0 lead on two buckets from Jefferson Lora and a three from Ray Askew. Middlebury answered with an 11-0 run to take the lead with 14:35 left in the first half. Ryan Sharry hit a jumper, a three and capped the run with a huge dunk as the Panthers regained momentum.

The Falcons’ second leading scorer Darius Watson went to the bench midway through the first half with his second foul, and would not return until the second. Leading 15-14, Middlebury’s Peter Lynch converted lay-ups on three consecutive possesions with passes from Jake Wolfin and Joey Kizel to give the Panthers a 21-16 lead with 7:19 remaining in the half.

Middlebury led 21-20 prior to a 13-2 run to give them a 34-22 lead, capped by a hoop from Sharry. Dylan Sinnickson sparked the run with six points, while Sharry scored four including a huge dunk in traffic at the 4:00 mark. The Panthers held on to a double-digit lead for the remainder of the half, finishing with a 38-26 lead.

Middlebury shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half, hitting 1-6 threes and 7-13 from the line. Albertus Magnus shot just 26 percent, going 2-8 from 3-point range and 8-10 from the line.

The Panthers made it a 16-point game at the 16:01 mark on a three from Kizel and a lay-up from James Jensen to make it a 46-30 game. The lead continued to grow, with Middlebury taking a 65-43 lead at the 10:21 mark on a three from Wolfin and a bucket from Sharry off of a Wolfin assist.

The lead hovered around 20 for the remainder of the contest, with late threes from Watson and Julian Sanders make it an 89-73 final.

Sharry recorded his 16th double-double of the season, netting 21 points and a game-high 15 boards to go along with three blocks. Lynch netted 14 on 7-11 shooting, while Nolan Thompson scored 14. Kizel and James Jensen each scored 11, with Kizel dishing out six assists. Wolfin chipped in with seven points and seven assists.

Ray Askew scored a game-high 26 points to pace Albertus Magnus, pulling down 11 boards with three blocks. Watson and Jefferson Lora each netted 11, while Sanders added 10.