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January 8, 2008

Wilson leads men's basketball to seventh straight win

On a hot shooting night for the Bobcats, Chris Wilson '10 led the charge. (Joe Gromelski photo)

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Bates College point guard Chris Wilson (Brewer, Maine) tallied a game-high 20 points, and the Bobcats shot 61.5 percent in the second half to pull away for a 83-66 non-conference men's basketball win over the University of New England Tuesday evening at the Campus Center.

The Bobcats (7-3), who started the season with three losses, won for the seventh consecutive start.  The Nor'easters saw their overall mark even out at 6-6 after suffering their second straight loss.

Wilson was perfect in the first half to help Bates establish a 36-29 advantage.  He made all three of his 3-point field goal attempts and was 4-for-4 at the free throw line.  Bates shot 52.0 percent (13-for-25) overall for the stanza while holding a commanding 20-7 edge on the glass.

After a jumper in the paint by Isaac Stickney (Rumford, Maine) pulled the Nor'easters within two (38-36) with 18:15 to play, the Bobcats reeled off nine unanswered points to establish control.  Senior Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) ignited the run with a 3-pointer, and sophomore Sean Wirth (Barrington, R.I.) capped the outburst with a jumper to give Bates a 47-36 lead at the 16:26 mark.

The Bobcats held an advantage of seven points or more the rest of the way.

Wilson finished 5-for-7 from the field, including 4 of 4 from beyond the arc.  He also converted all six of his attempts at the charity stripe and handed out four assists.

Senior Pat Halloran (Plymouth, N.H.) contributed 13 points to the win, including three treys, while Wholey finished with 11 points.  Sophomore Jimmy O'Keefe (Lexington, Mass.) chipped in with 10 points and a team-high six rebounds.

Bates made 56.9 percent of its field goal tries (including 8 of 12 from three-point land) and earned a 40-16 margin in the rebound column.

Stickney and Johnnie Jefferson (Dallas, Texas) paced UNE with 16 points apiece.  Stickney made 8 of 12 field goal attempts and Jefferson grabbed a team-high six boards.  Jaykyri Simpson (East Cleburne, Texas) added 12 points.

The Nor'easters shot the ball well also, making 49.1 percent (26 of 43) of their attempts.

Bates will look to make it eight straight Saturday when it plays host to in-state rival Colby College at Alumni Gymnasium (3 p.m.).

BOX SCORE: Bates 83, UNE 66

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