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Panthers Leap to Top 25

The Purchase Panthers men's basketball team is rising in Poll. In fact, for the first time in the history of the team, the Panthers are ranked in the top 25 (currently ranked number 24 out of more than 425 NCAA Division III colleges).

The Panthers opened the season by capturing the 33rd annual Eastern Connecticut State Tip-Off Tournament (Nov. 15-16) with victories over Becker (58-45) and Eastern Connecticut State (68-62).

Later in November, the Panthers edged Brockport State in double-overtime (98-90), as head coach Jeff Charney earned his 100th career victory. Charney has guided the program to the NCAA Tournament in three of the past four seasons.

Leading the Panthers so far this season is senior guard Andre Nixon, who is averaging 23.2 points and has knocked down 14 field goals from beyond the arc. In addition, senior forward David Haughton is averaging 9.2 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.

December 7, Purchase hosted Farmingdale State. After a tightly contested opening half, the Panthers skated to a 77-57 drumming of the Rams to improve to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in league play. Playing in their conference home opener, the Panthers went into the half up 37-31, but opened things up over the final 20 minutes, led by four double-figure scorers, and head coach Jeff Charney's swarming match-up zone defense.

(Above) Panthers' senior guard Andre Nixon -PHOTO BY PATRICK TEWEY / SPORTS INFORMATION

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