It was a long weekend road trip for the men’s basketball team, as they trekked all the way up to Hamilton College in New York before heading back to Middlebury on Saturday. The team went 1-1 on the trip, beating Hamilton and then falling to Middlebury. With the past weekend’s results, the team fell to 2-2 in conference play and 9-7 overall with a week off before another trip to Connecticut College and Wesleyan.

Before last weekend’s results and while many students were home enjoying the holidays, the team was in full swing, playing seven games over the course of the winter break. The Bobcats went 4-3 during that stretch, securing a key NESCAC victory over rival Colby (who the ‘Cats fell to earlier in the season) and losing in a shootout to Bowdoin to begin NESCAC play.

In Clinton, New York against Hamilton, three Bobcats scored in double figures. Senior Mike Boornazian and junior Malcolm Delpeche led the trio with 12 points apiece, followed by junior Marcus Delpeche, who had 10 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Shawn Strickland, who has done an admirable job filling at point guard in for former standout Graham Safford, tallied seven assists along with eight points. For the game, the Bobcats had 25 points off turnovers while shooting 39% from the field en route to a 67-62 victory.

Back in New England, the Bobcats struggled to hold onto the ball against a stingy Middlebury defense. All game, the ‘Cats were turnover prone, committing 16 for the game, which led to 15 points for the Panthers. Marcus Delpeche led the way, recording a double-double, and senior Josh Britten recorded 10 points, shooting 50% from the field.

The Bobcats will have a week of rest and preparation before traveling to Connecticut College on Friday.