Two former Weston High teammates will be on opposing sides when MIT takes on Middlebury on Friday in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament.
Matt Folger (WHS ’15) is a starting forward for Middlebury, and Hamilton Forsythe (WHS ’17) is a starting forward for MIT.
Middlebury (21-6) enters the game ranked 18th in the country, while MIT (24-5) is ranked 19th.
The game is set for 5:30 on Friday at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J. The second game pits Ramapo against Franklin & Marshall at 7:30. The winners play on Saturday night at 7 with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
Folger, a 6’8” sophomore, is Middlebury’s second-leading scorer at 13.9 points per game, and is third in rebounding (6.9 rpg). He leads the team in 3-pointers, with 47.
Middlebury earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney after tying for the regular-season title of the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
The Panthers opened the NCAA tournament with an 83-63 victory over Lebanon Valley, with Folger finishing the game with 14 points and six rebounds.
In the second round, Middlebury rolled to an 83-58 win over Eastern Connecticut State University, as Folger had eight points, four rebounds and two assists. The win advanced the Panthers to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year.
Forsythe, a 6’7” freshman, is averaging 13.4 points and three rebounds per game for MIT. He was named Conference Rookie of the Year in men’s basketball this season in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
During the regular season, Forsythe had 17 double-digit scoring games, including a season-high 29 points in his first game. He has scored 20 points or more in seven games.
MIT won the NEWMAC tournament to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tourney.
The Engineers beat Brockport in the first round of the tournament, 81-67, before scoring a 62-54 win over 12th-ranked Johns Hopkins in the second round.
The win put MIT into the Sweet 16 for only the second time in program history.