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Bobcat bench spurs men's basketball past Machias, 98-63







BANGOR, Maine -- Just one game after shooting their highest field goal percentage in a game in this decade, the Bates College men's basketball team exceeded that number, shooting 67.9 percent from the floor in a 98-63 win over UMaine-Machias Friday on the first day of the Paul Bunyan Tournament at Husson University.

The win moves Bates to 4-2 on the season, while the Clippers drop to 3-3. Bates will play Husson in the tournament championship game tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m. The game will be televised in the Bangor area on WFVX.

The Bobcats' blistering shooting percentage bests their performance three days earlier against Thomas College. Bates shot 65.4 percent in that game, at the time the highest by the team in a single game in at least a decade(the overall record is currently not listed in the team record book).

Senior Neil Creahan (Hingham, Mass.) scored a career-high 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field, and also added five assists and five rebounds to lead a Bobcat bench that outscored the Clippers reserves 69-37.

Bates got off to a quick start, scoring six unanswered points in the first minute and a half, and the Bobcats did not relinquish the lead all game.  Creahan led the Bobcats with 10 points in the half, including a dunk off an artful pass from sophomore Kyle Philbrook (Auburn, Maine).  Bates juniors Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) and Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.) each contributed six points on the half.

Down 39-19, Machias made an 8-0 run to bring the score to 39-27 with four minutes left in the half.  The Clippers’ Zach Armstrong scored nine points in the first half, followed by Nathaniel Case with 5 points and 5 rebounds. But Bates answered Machias’ surge ending the half at 49-28.


In the second half, Bates maintained its offensive pressure, pulling further away from the Clippers. Machias made a 10-0 run to bring the score to 73-47 10 minutes into the second half after a Case 3-pointer, but it proved to be the Clippers' final rally.

Ellis contributed 10 points in the victory, followed by Schmiemann with nine. Sophomore Ryan Weston (Bangor, Maine) started in his first basketball action as a Bobcat and had seven points and five rebounds in a productive 14 minutes. Career highs were also recorded by sophomore Reid Christian (Pownal, Maine) and first-year Jamie Pares (New Canaan, Conn.) with six points apiece.

For Machias, Case and Armstrong each scored 13 points.

STATS: Bates 98, UMaine-Machias 63