|Zak Ray '07 chalked up 11 points, three assists and two steals in a mere 17 minutes of action.|
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's basketball team extended its best start ever to 11 games with a 90-46 victory over the University of New England Tuesday night.
The Bobcats (11-0), ranked No. 12 in Division III, shot 59.6 percent from the field while holding the Nor'easters to 30.8 percent, and built a 42-19 edge in rebounding for the game.
It was also the 17th straight home victory for Bates, which will host NESCAC powers Trinity College on Friday night and Amherst on Saturday afternoon.
Senior Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) led Bates with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting and shared the game lead with senior teammate Sam Taylor (Redwood City, Calif.) in rebounding with seven. Junior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) added 13 points and senior Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine) chipped in with 11.
Eric Field led UNE with 16 points, and Nick Farynaz added 11.
Bates outscored UNE 18-6 in the paint in the first half, en route to a 46-17 edge at the break. Bates received 38 points from the bench, including 29 in the second half. Junior Eric Shone (Portland, Maine), playing in his first game since the season opener, handed out four assists in 11 minutes of court time. Other standout performances from the reserves included sophomore Ben Thayer (Gorham, Maine), with seven points, three rebounds and three assists, senior John Lattimer (Atlanta, Ga.) with six points and four rrebounds, senior Damon McGinn (Thetford, Vt.) with five points and four rebounds, and first-years Marshall Hatch (Chicago, Ill.) and B.J. Dunne (Medfield, Mass.) with six points apiece.
UNE dropped to 2-9 with the loss.