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Sharpshooting Bobcats defeat St. Joseph's, 89-80

Pat Halloran '08 scored a career-high 24 points, hitting seven of his 10 shots from the field.

STANDISH, Maine -- Junior Pat Halloran (Plymouth, N.H.) scored a career-high 24 points, shooting 6-for-8 from behind the three-point arc, as the Bates College men's basketball team defeated host St. Joseph's College of Maine 89-80 on Tuesday night.

Bates (12-2), ranked 21st in Division III, shot a season-best 61.7 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Monks (9-5) 33-28 while holding them to 46.9 percent shooting from the floor.

The game was tied for the 10th time of the game at 69 with 6:23 to play, when junior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) hit a three-pointer on an assist by senior Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine). Wholey scored five more of his 18 points as the Bobcats pulled away with a game-ending 20-11 run.

Chad Pulkkinen scored a game-high 27 points for St. Joseph's, while Elbie Murphy added 19. The Monks limited their turnovers to eight.

Ray scored 14 points and added seven assists and a season-high nine rebounds. Senior Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) added 12 points, while first-year Jimmy O'Keefe (Lexington, Mass.) and senior Sam Taylor (Redwood City, Calif.) each shot 4-for-4 from the floor and scored nine and eight points, respectively.

The Bobcats will host Husson College Thursday night at 7.

STATS: Bates 89, St. Joseph's 80