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Bates men throttle Middlebury, 81-48

Rob Stockwell '07

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Bates shot 63 percent from the floor in the first half, jumping out to a big lead and never looking back, as the No. 23 nationally ranked Bobcats handed Middlebury an 81-48 loss in a NESCAC men's basketball game on Saturday.

Bates (17-4, 3-4 NESCAC) came out on fire, taking a 15-4 lead behind a pair of threes from senior Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.). Middlebury cut the lead to seven before Bates hit 10 of its next 11 shots from the floor to take a 34-15 lead with 7:41 left in the first half. The Bobcats would go into the intermission with a 50-27 lead, hitting 6-of-8 threes, while Middlebury went 1-8 from behind the arc.

Middlebury's shooting woes continued in the second half, as the Panthers made just 5 of 23 shots from the floor. Bates shot 37 percent in the second half, but it was more than enough as they never led by less than 20.

Stockwell was one of four Bates players in double figures, leading the team with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, with eight rebounds. Senior Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine) added 14 points and six assists, junior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) netted 14, while senior Damon McGinn (Thetford, Vt.) scored a season-high 12 points with a game-high nine boards.

Tim Edwards paced Middlebury with 11, while Aaron Smith and Andrew Harris scored six points apiece.

Bates will visit Gordon on Tuesday night.

STATS: Bates 81, Middlebury 48