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Bowdoin stops Bates men's basketball team, 66-58

John Lattimer '07

Damon McGinn '07

Zak Ray '07

Rob Stockwell '07

Sam Taylor '07

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bowdoin College led for nearly the entire second half and held off Bates College for a 66-58 NESCAC win Saturday afternoon in both teams' regular-season finale.

It was Bowdoin's first win over Bates in the past seven matchups, and the Polar Bears' first win at Bates' Alumni Gym since Feb. 8, 2003.

Bowdoin (14-10, 3-6) moved into a tie for seventh place in the conference with Bates (18-6, 3-6), and Saturday's win also gives the Polar Bears the tie-breaker between the teams for the seedings in the upcoming NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship. The seventh-seeded Polar Bears will play at No. 2 seed Trinity on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. Bates takes the eighth seed and will play at top-seeded Amherst College at the same time.

It is the fourth loss in the past six games for the Bobcats, who struggled shooting the ball at 36.4 percent, including 4-for-24 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc. Bowdoin, by contrast, hit 48.9 percent from the floor, including 7-of-12 on threes (58.3 percent).

Bowdoin sophomore Andrew Hippert (Spencer, Mass.) led the Polar Bears with 17 points, including 13 in the second half. Senior Kevin Bradley (Seekonk, Mass.) added 11 points, with eight of them coming in the second half, and sophomore Tim Lane (Townsend, Mass.) added 10. Junior Jordan Fliegel (Cambridge, Mass.) had eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Playing in his final home game, Bates senior Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine) scored a game-high 18 points and dished out three assists, while fellow senior and co-captain Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to go with eight points. The Bobcats held a 40-30 advantage on the boards. Also starting in their final home games for the Bobcats were seniors John Lattimer (Atlanta, Ga.), Damon McGinn (Thetford, Vt.) and Sam Taylor (Redwood City, Calif.).

Junior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) added 10 points for Bates.

Bates led for most of the first half but couldn't build the lead to any more than five points. The Bobcats led 21-16 with 7:12 remaining in the half before Bowdoin ended the half with an 11-4 run to take a 27-25 lead into halftime. A three-point play by Fliegel with 4:08 left gave the Polar Bears their first lead in 14 minutes.

Ray began the second half with a three-point play to give Bates a 28-27 18 seconds in, but that would be the Bobcats' last lead of the game. Fliegel hit a pair of free throws, followed by a Hippert three, a Bradley three and another Hippert three, and Bowdoin led 38-30 with 14:53 left in the game, prompting a Bates timeout.

Bates whittled the Bowdoin lead down to two points at three points during the final 6:17, but the Polar Bears stayed on top the entire way. With Bates shooting 1-of-7 from the floor over the final 4:34, Bowdoin scored 10 of the game's final 14 points, including four points by Hippert.

Stockwell's eight points moved him out of a tie with Howie Alexander '68 on Bates' all-time scoring list. With 1,496 career points, Stockwell now ranks fourth by himself on the list.

Ray's 18 points lifted him from 18th on the career scoring list past Keith Ferdinando '93, Mike Marsh '97 and Erik Bertelsen '72 and into 15th place on the list with 1,154 points.

STATS: Bowdoin 66, Bates 58