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o. 13 Middlebury Downs Roos In Hoops

Canton, NY Andrew Fitch scored 14 of his team-high 16 points after halftime but after a hard-fought contest the SUNY Canton men’s basketball team (3-3) fell 89-68 to No. 13 nationally-ranked Middlebury College (4-0) on Thursday evening in the Roos House.

The Roos trimmed a 25 point halftime deficit to as few as 13 (69-56) with 8:49 remaining after Juztin Chambers-Phillips found Fitch for a top of the key trey. The Panthers responded with a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 19 and eventually took a 20 point lead with just over two minutes remaining as both teams turned to their reserves.

Middlebury led by as many as 27 in the opening half and took a 50-25 lead into intermission.The Panthers hit seven of their 16 three-pointers in the opening half including a 3-for-6 mark for Ryan Cahill, while Tommy Eastman hit both his threes. Middlebury led 50-25 at intermission.Fitch led Canton with 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting to go with seven rebounds and three blocks. He scored 14 points in the second half hitting on six of his eight field goals.Quran DuBois tallied 13 points, while Joseph Werner finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Danny Santana chipped in nine points and five rebounds, while Kahdean Bennett dished out a team-best four assists.The Roos shot 50 percent from the field (17-for-34) scoring 43 points in the second half.The Panthers hit 50 percent of their 72 field goal attempts and knocked down 12 three-pointers.Jack Farrell paced Middlebury with 17 points, while Cahill (15), Max Bosco (13) and Eastman (12) all reached double figures. Griffin Kornaker posted a game-best seven assists.

The Roos return to action on Tuesday when they host St. Lawrence University at 2 p.m. in the Roos House.

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