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BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott men's basketball team and the No. 6 Middlebury College Panthers will square off in a 2017 NCAA DIII Tournament's Sweet 16 matchup on Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. inside Pepin Gymnasium.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL: ENDICOTT (24-6) VS. NO. 6 MIDDLEBURY (26-3)
FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 7:30 PM | PEPIN GYMNASIUM @ MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE| MIDDLEBURY, VT.
TICKETS: $10 Adults; $5 Children (Under 12), Students w/ ID, Senior Citizens (Over 65)| Reserve Will Call tickets by Wednesday, March 8 during normal business hours by calling 802-443-6433. Tickets purchased by phone may be picked up at the Will Call window starting at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Any remaining tickets not sold will go into the general sale at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday.
PREVIOUS MATCHUPS: Endicott and Middlebury are meeting for the second time this season, as the Gulls earned a 93-89 road victory at Middlebury on Nov. 27, 2016. Endicott is 2-2 against Middlebury in the all-time series and has won the past two matchups. The Gulls and Panthers are two of six New England region teams to advance to the Sweet 16 alongside Williams, Keene St., Tufts, and Babson.
ENDICOTT (24-6) | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS | NCAA HISTORY | YEAR-BY-YEAR
Endicott, a first-ever at-large selection and eight-time NCAA participant (third-consecutive), became the first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) team in 21 years to reach the Third Round of the NCAA DIII Men's Basketball Championship since Anna Maria did so during the 1995-96 season. Endicott is now 3-2 in the NCAA Tournament under the direction of third-year head coach Kevin Bettencourt and will be playing in the College's first-ever Sweet 16.
Endicott (24-6) knocked off No. 16 Salisbury in the opening round game last Friday night, 71-68, as senior guard Kamahl Walker (Worcester, Mass.) sounded off for a game-high/season-high 32 points and the Gulls played tough defense when it mattered the most.
The Gulls then bounced fellow Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) foe Nichols, 111-75, in the Second Round as senior guard Max Motroni (West Warwick, R.I.) caught fire for a career-high 34 points in the teams' fourth meeting this season.
With the Second Round victory, Endicott set a new program record for most wins in a single season (24), and the Gulls' senior class (2013-2017) became the winningest class to ever come through the Endicott men's basketball program, surpassing the group from 2002-2006 (83-31) with an overall record of 84-33 and at least one more game to play as the Gulls will keep on dancing.
NO. 6 MIDDLEBURY (26-3) | ROSTER | SCHEDULE | STATISTICS | ARCHIVE
The sixth-ranked Panthers (26-3) advance to the Sweet 16 of the tournament for the first time in four years, as senior guard Matt St. Amour(Swanton, Vt.) scored a game-high 30 points in the team's 95-76 triumph over No. 15 Lycoming in the Second Round on Saturday.
Middlebury comes into Friday's meeting with Endicott on a 13-game win streak, and saw the NESCAC Player of the Year (Amour) continue to leave his mark on the program's record book with two new marks over the weekend. *He became the new leader for most points in a single season, raising his total to 641, surpassing John Humphrey '88, who held the mark for more than 25 years. St. Amour also became the program's career leader in three-pointers with 246, edging past Jason Prenevost '95, who had 244. Additionally, St. Amour extended his single-season record for three pointers to 112.
WHAT'S AT STAKE: The winners of Williams/Susquehanna and Endicott/No. 6 Middlebury will move on to the NCAA's Elite Eight on Saturday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
NCAA DIII MEN'S BASKETBALL SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL SCHEDULE
Friday, March 10, 2017
All games hosted by Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vt.)
Game 1: Williams vs. Susquehanna, 5:30 PM
Game 2: Endicott vs. No. 6 Middlebury, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner - 7:00 PM
*Portions of this release are courtesy of the Middlebury Athletic Communications staff.