|Shown here driving on Husson's Tyler Muzzy, Zak Ray '07 became the 27th player in Bates men's basketball history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau, joining teammate and fellow co-captain Rob Stockwell on the list.|
LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College senior Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine) scored 18 points, including the 1,000th of his career, dished out eight assists and made four steals to lead the No. 21 nationally-ranked Bobcats to a 70-55 non-league victory over Husson College Thursday night.
Bates raises its record to 13-2 this season, while Husson falls to 11-5.
Ray needed 13 to reach the plateau, and he did it with a 3-pointer, assisted by junior Pat Halloran (Plymouth, N.H.), with 8:31 left in the game, extending Bates' lead from 50-44 to 53-44. Bates called timeout shortly thereafter, and when the feat was announced, the crowd of over 400 inside Alumni Gymnasium rose for a standing ovation. Ray became the 27th Bates man to reach the plateau.
Husson first-year center Martin Cleveland (Portland, Maine) scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Senior Tyler Muzzy (Greenville, Maine) added 11 for the Eagles, who outrebounded the Bobcats by a 36-30 margin, despite Bates' statistical status as one of the top 10 rebounding teams in Division III.
Bates senior Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) had 14 points and seven rebounds, and junior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) added 11 points. The Bobcats shot a solid 48.2 percent from the floor, and held the Eagles to 36.4 percent.
The lead changed hands four times in the first half, and Husson had the game tied at 23 on a pair of free throws by first-year Brock Bradford (Kenduskeag, Maine). But Bates answered with a layup by senior Sam Taylor (Redwood City, Calif.), assisted by Ray, to take the lead for good. The Bobcats outscored the Eagles 8-3 to close out the half for a 37-30 advantage at the break.
Ray hit a free throw and the three that eclipsed the 1,000-point mark to start an 18-5 run from the 8:53 mark to the 3:15 mark of the second half, putting the game out of reach for Husson. Ray scored seven points in the run and Wholey accounted for five.
Ray, a two-time All-NESCAC guard and a preseason Honorable Mention All-America this year, is already Bates' all-time steals leader and is now eight assists away from tying the school career mark of 498, held by Herb Taylor '84.
Bates next plays host to NESCAC rival Tufts University on Saturday at 3 p.m.