MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury broke open a close game against Salve Regina with a dominating 30-12 run in the final 10 minutes of the first half, as the Panthers cruised to a 94-66 win over the Seahawks in Pepin Gym. The game opened the 2015 segment of the season for both programs as each team enjoyed an extended break from action. Both squads return to the court on Tuesday as Middlebury (8-0) travels to Plattsburgh State in a non-league contest, while Salve Regina (3-7) hosts Endicott in a Commonwealth Coast Conference game.
Following a slow start for both squads, Middlebury held a slim 12-11 lead before starting its decisive run at the 10-minute mark. Matt St. Amour started the spurt with back-to-back buckets, as Dylan Sinnickson scored nine of his game-high 24 points and collected six of a game-best 14 rebounds during the run. The Panther lead grew to 41-19 before the Seahawks bookended a pair of baskets around a Jake Brown free throw shot in the final minute, setting the halftime score at 42-23. The Panthers were 10-13 from the floor during the run, missing only three three-pointers, while Salve Regina managed to shoot 4-12 during the same span.
In the second half, Middlebury’s lead expanded to 69-34 by the 11-minute mark. Sinnickson had nine more points, including a two-handed jam on an alley-oop from Hunter Merryman. During those opening nine minutes, Merryman chipped in 10 points on 5-6 shooting from the floor. With the large lead, the Panthers rested their starters, allowing the Seahawks to chip away at their deficit.
The visitors went on a 27-10 run over the next six minutes of action, cutting the Panther advantage to 18 points. The Seahawks hit all three of their long-balls during their comeback, as Bryce Boggs, Rodney Morton and Brenden Fowler each posted five points. Salve Regina could not crack the 18-point barrier as the Panthers cruised to the 94-66 finish.
Sinnickson, the NESCAC’s leading rebounder at 12.1 rpg, finished with his sixth double-double in eight games, scoring 24 points on 8-11 shooting, while grabbing 14 caroms in 26 minutes of action. Merryman ended the day with 15 points on 6-12 from the floor, as St. Amour netted 16 points and dished out a game-high eight assists.
Boggs led the Seahawks with 20 points on 8-15 from the floor and a team-best eight rebounds. Barrett Hanlon added 14 points and seven boards, while Nicholas Bates chipped in 11 points and collected seven rebounds off the bench.