MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – Colby battled back from a nine-point deficit with 3:08 remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but Middlebury outscored the Mules by a 17-2 count in the extra session for a 64-49 victory on Friday.
Middlebury (15-5, 5-2) jumped out to an 11-4 lead with 4:51 left in the opening quarter on a layup from Betsy Knox. The Mules chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to 12-10 on a jumper by Haley Driscoll with 51 seconds left. Kira Waldman knocked down back-to-back three-point field goals on the final two possessions for Middlebury, including a running 23-footer from the right wing as time expired for an 18-10 lead.
The third quarter saw Colby outscore Middlebury 8-6, taking a 38-30 lead into the fourth. The Mules were limited to 25 percent (3-12) from the floor in the third, while the Panthers shot just 18.2 percent (2-11).
In the overtime, Davis made a layup on the Mules’ first possession, but the Panthers recorded the final 17 points. The Panthers knocked down 11-12 free throw attempts during the overtime.
Caverly finished with a team-high 13 points and added a game-best five steals, while Davis recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in addition to four steals. Driscoll recorded 11 points, while McCrum handed out a game-high six assists.