WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – The 10th-ranked Eastern Connecticut State University men's basketball team ended its 2017-18 season with a 26-4 record following an 83-56 loss to 18th-ranked Middlebury College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament Saturday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
The Panthers improved to 21-6 with the win. They will next face No. 19 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which was a 62-54 winner at No. 12 Johns Hopkins University this evening.
The visitors got off to a hot start and never looked back, opening the game with a 19-5 run over the opening six minutes on their way to taking a 46-28 lead at halftime. Middlebury shot 53 percent (31-59) from the field while holding the Warriors to 30 percent (20-66) shooting in the game.
Eastern Connecticut Leaders
- Freshman Cory Muckle (Westbrook, Conn.) – 13 points, 3-of-4 threes, 4-of-5 free throws
- Senior Tarchee Brown (Rockville, Conn.) – 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists
- Sophomore Jake Collagan (Wethersfield, Conn.) – 12 points, 5-of-10 field goals
- Freshman Jack Farrell (Verona, N.J.) – 19 points, 5-of-9 field goals, 7-of-8 free throws, six rebounds, four assists
- Junior Hilal Dahleh (Cambridge, Mass.) – 16 points, 6-of-9 field goals, two rebounds
- Senior Jack Daly (Eastchester, N.Y.) – 11 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists
Inside the Numbers
- Points in the Paint: Middlebury 46, Eastern Connecticut 28
- Points Off Turnovers: Middlebury 14, Eastern Connecticut 11
- Second Chance Points: Middlebury 12, Eastern Connecticut 2
- Bench Scoring: Middlebury 23, Eastern Connecticut 16