Men's Basketball: Middlebury Defeats Norwich, 84-49

Men's Basketball: Middlebury Defeats Norwich, 84-49

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury outscored Norwich 30-3 over the final 11:18 of the first half and never looked back, as the Panthers picked up an 84-49 win over Norwich on Wednesday evening.

Middlebury (6-1) shot 47.4 percent from the floor in the win, including 48.5 percent from three-point range. Norwich, meanwhile, connected on just 32.2 percent of its field goals.

Norwich (4-2) came out strong early, leading 15-8 following a three-pointer and a lay-up by Jamel Bedford. The Panthers then went on their torrid run, holding the Cadets to just three free throws in the final 11:18 of the first half and Middlebury led 38-18 at the break.

Middlebury's Kyle Dudley hit 5-of-7 field goals in the first half for 14 points, while Andrew Harris netted 11. Norwich shot just 21.4 percent from the floor in the opening stanza.

Norwich trimmed Middlebury's lead below 20 points just once in the second half, while Middlebury led by as many as 37.

Harris ended the contest with a game-high 22 points. Dudley netted 14, while Aaron Smith scored 13 to go along with nine boards.

Bedford paced the Cadets with 11 points and seven rebounds. Mike Filipek and Jaren Jeffcoat each added seven points apiece.

Norwich will play its final contest of the 2007 calendar year on Saturday, Dec. 8, when the Cadets travel to Newton, Mass., to take on GNAC foe Mount Ida. Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m.