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Colby nips Bates men in thriller, 63-62

Zak Ray '07 put on a dazzling show with six 3-pointers and 26 points.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Colby College overcame a nine-point deficit with 8:10 to play, as well as a season-high 26 points by Bates senior Zak Ray, to defeat Bates in a 63-62 thriller Friday night at Alumni Gym.


Colby evens its NESCAC record at 4-4 and moves to 13-10 overall, while the Bobcats fell to 18-5, 3-5 in conference play.

Down 57-48, the Mules embarked on a 13-0 run, fueled by three-pointers by Mark Gaudet, Nick Farrell and Adam Choice, and four points by Drew Cohen, to take a 61-57 lead with 5:24 left to play.

Bates held Colby scoreless for nearly the next five minutes of the game while getting back ahead on a pair of free throws by Bryan Wholey and Ray's sixth three-pointer of the game. But Farrell hit a pair of high-pressure foul shots with 13 seconds left to play, and Bates couldn't come up with a basket after a timeout -- a jumper by senior Damon McGinn missed, and senior Rob Stockwell got the rebound but fell backward and missed the game's last shot while nearly lying on his back from 10 feet away.

Cohen scored 23 points with nine rebounds for the Mules. Farrell added 19, including five threes, and Choice came up with 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out on a charge with 1:51 to play.

Ray added six rebounds, five assists and three steals to his output. Stockwell added 10 points and six rebounds.

Bates suffered at the free throw line, hitting 8-of-16 shots, while the Mules hit 11-of-14.

It was Colby's first win against Bates in the last five meetings, and the Mules' first win at Bates since Feb. 7, 2003.

Bates plays host to Bowdoin tomorrow at 3 p.m., while Colby travels to Tufts.

STATS: Colby 63, Bates 62