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Late run carries men's basketball past Camels

Bryan Wholey '08 fought his way to 18 points, shooting 7-13 from the field and 4-4 at the line.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College went on a 21-6 run late in the game to reclaim the lead and defeat Connecticut College 73-67 in a NESCAC men's basketball game Saturday at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Bobcats (13-5, 3-2 NESCAC) won their fifth straight game, while handing the Camels (15-4, 3-2 NESCAC) only their second defeat in their last 10 games.

Senior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) scored a game-high 18 points with 5 assists, while first-year Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) added 15 with 7 rebounds.

Senior Jeff Young (East Hartford, Conn.) led the Camels with 17 points, making 6 of 8 shots including 5 of 6 behind the arc. Senior Christian Mosley (Virginia Beach, Va.) shot 4-6 on threes en route to 14 points, and senior Charles Stone (Hackensack, N.J.) also netted 14 with a team-high 6 rebounds.

Connecticut College relied greatly on excellent three-point shooting, making 15 of 27 shots (.556) behind the arc and hitting 50% overall. Bates countered with solid shooting from the floor (.480) and a huge advantage at the foul line -- the Bobcats made 23 of 26 (.885), compared to 4 of 10 for the Camels (.400).

The Camels took a 52-45 lead with 10:37 left as sophomore Ryan Thuma (Middlebury, Vt.) converted a four-point play with a three from the left wing and a foul shot after a foul by Alex Gallant (Bangor, Maine). But the Bobcats began to climb back with a quick 9-0 spurt, with a pair of free throws by junior Scott Place (Bridgewater, Mass.), another pair by Ellis, a layup by Place and finally a 3-pointer from the right wing by senior Pat Halloran (Plymouth, N.H.) on a Wholey assist, which gave Bates a 54-52 lead with 7:18 left.

A hard drive and a layup by Mosley evened the game back up at 54, but Bates took the lead for good on a Wholey layup, followed by a Gallant jumper on an inbound pass from sophomore Chris Wilson (Brewer, Maine).

Bates began protecting its lead and grinding the clock down, to great effect. The Camels sent the Bobcats on seven trips to the free-throw line over the final four minutes, and the Bobcats hit 13 of those 14 foul shots to ice the game. Still, Connecticut College hung in by hitting three straight 3-pointers from Stone, Mosley and Thuma, along with a pair of foul shots by Billy Karis, and Thuma's three cut the Bates lead to 70-67 with 21 seconds to go.

Bates outrebounded Connecticut College 31-25, and claimed a huge 34-14 advantage on points in the paint.

In the first half, the Camels fell behind 19-13 over the first 12 minutes of the game, but caught fire over the final five minutes, going on a 13-2 run on the strength of threes from Mosley, Karis and Young. A layup by Wholey before the halftime buzzer stemmed the damage, sending the Bobcats into the intermission with a 31-28 deficit.

Bates will host Gordon College on Tuesday at 8 p.m.; Connecticut College will host Mitchell at the same time.

BOX SCORE: Bates 73, Conn. College 67