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Men's basketball pulls away from Wesleyan, 85-60

Chris Wilson '10 hit 7 of 11 shots from the field, including 3-5 behind the arc.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College took control with a surge late in the first half and cruised to an 85-60 victory over Wesleyan University in a NESCAC men's basketball contest Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium. It was the fourth win in a row for the Bobcats.

Bates (12-5, 2-2 NESCAC) shot 54.0 percent from the field, including 8 of 14 from behind the three-point arc, while Wesleyan (6-12, 0-4 NESCAC) was limited to 40.7 percent shooting, including 1 of 8 on threes. The host Bobcats made a season-high 23 of 24 free throws (.958) and also outrebounded the Cardinals by a 35-21 margin.

Sophomore Chris Wilson (Brewer, Maine) led the hosts with 18 points, while senior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) contributed 17 points and a career high-tying 8 assists, and first-year forward Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) added 16 points. Sophomore Sean Wirth (Barrington, R.I.) played perhaps his best all-around game as a Bobcat, with 8 points (on 3-3 shooting), 7 rebounds and 4 assists.

Wesleyan sophomore Jeremy Kaminer (Cherry Hill, N.J.) led the Cardinals with 16 points. Junior Stan Grayson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 13 points with a team-high 4 rebounds. Grayson made all five of his shots in the first half but was held to 1-4 shooting in the second half.

Bates finished the first half by outscoring Wesleyan 22-8 over the final nine minutes, turning a two-point game (21-19) into a 43-27 halftime lead. Ellis had six points in the run, while Wholey notched nine of his points and two of his assists.

Bates held Wesleyan at bay throughout the second period. The Cardinals closed the gap to as low as 12 (53-41 at the 13:28 mark), but a 16-4 Bates run late in the game extended the lead as high as 28 points (85-57) in the final minute.

Bates will host Connecticut College (15-3, 3-1 NESCAC) Saturday at 3 p.m., while Wesleyan travels to Tufts University (10-8, 0-4) for a 2 p.m. start.

BOX SCORE: Bates 85, Wesleyan 60