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Men's basketball team runs past Gordon in overtime, 82-74

Rob Stockwell '07 scored 19 points with game highs of 15 rebounds and seven assists.

WENHAM, Mass. -- The Bates College men's basketball team scored the first eight points in overtime and went on to defeat Gordon College 82-74 in a non-league contest Tuesday night.

The Bobcats (18-4) received season highs in scoring from seniors Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine) with 23 points, and Damon McGinn (Thetford, Vt.), with 13. Senior Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) scored 19 points and hauled in 15 rebounds to go with a game-high seven assists.

Bates shot 54.5 percent (30-for-55) from the floor and 85 percent (17-for-20) from the free throw line, and outrebounded Gordon by a 34-25 margin.

Jon Marstaller and Jerry Logan scored 19 points apiece to lead the Fighting Scots (15-6), while Michael Herr added 17. Marstaller tied the game with five seconds left in regulation at 69 with a pair of free throws.

Junior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) scored 12 points, including six in the overtime period.

The first half started with the Fighting Scots (15-6) jumping out to an eight-point lead, 17-9, as the Scots received three consecutive threes -- one from senior forward Michael Herr (Lampeter, Pa.), followed by a Marstaller trey, and senior guard Jerry Logan (Marietta, Ga.) sunk one from downtown with 13:17 showing on the clock. In a game of streaks, the Bobcats (18-4) came right back with a 9-0 run of their own as Ray sank a pair from deep in the run which gave the lead back to Bates, 18-17, with 11:32 to go in the first half.

After trading baskets for the next five minutes, the Scots pulled ahead by five, 31-26, as sophomore guard Tim DeLuca (Gray, Maine) contributed a three pointer with just over six minutes to play.  Herr gave the Scots a seven-point lead on yet another three pointer with just over a minute to play in the half before Ray answered right back with a three to make it a 39-35 score at the break, in favor of the home team.

GC shot 61.5 percent in the first half including 6-of-11 from long range while the Bobcats shot an even 50 percent from the floor and the three point line as Ray netted all four three pointers in the first half for the visitors.

Wholey nailed two jumpers in the opening minutes to start the second half. With 19:21 showing on the clock, GC put together a 6-0 run capped by a jumper from Marstaller. The Bobcats again whittled down the lead and tied the game for the ninth time with the help of a lay-up from senior Stockwell and a Ray jumper with 8:17 to play.

The 11th tie of the contest came with 4:09 to play as Herr knocked down a jumper from 15 feet to make it a 64-64 contest.  With 34 seconds remaining, Stockwell hit one of two from the free-throw line to make it a 69-67 game in favor of Bates.  With 4.9 seconds to play, Marstaller was fed the ball near the baseline, drove to the hoop and just missed a lay-up but was fouled to give the home team a shot at the tie.  Marstaller sunk the first freebie before the visitors called a time-out to ice the junior forward and set up a last second play. Marstaller set his feet on the line and nailed the second shot to tie the game and send the teams to an extra session at 69-69.

In the overtime period, the Scots struggled to hold on to the ball and could not crack the zone defense of the Bobcats.  Turning the ball over on their first two possessions and mishandling the ball on the third, the Scots quickly found themselves in an eight-point hole, 77-69, with 1:55 to play in overtime.  Herr hit a three with 1:41 showing on the clock to cut the lead to five, 77-72, but the Scots would come no closer and the Bobcats escaped with their sixth non-conference road win of the season to stay unblemished in that category.

The physical match-up featured 12 ties and 12 lead changes.  Bates was helped by 40 points in the paint to GC’s 14 but the bench came up big for the Scots as they had 30 points from reserves.

Bates wraps up the regular season this weekend with home NESCAC games against Colby (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Bowdoin (Saturday at 3 p.m.).

STATS: Bates 82, Gordon 74 (OT)