|Brian Ellis '11 tied a career-high with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting.|
LEWISTON, Maine -- Aaron Trigg and Brady Bajema combined for 49 points to lead the Gordon College men's basketball team over Bates College 78-64 in a non-conference game Thursday night at Alumni Gym.
The Fighting Scots (18-4) went on a 13-0 run in the second half to pull away for their 14th win in their past 15 games, while ending the Bobcats' (12-11) five-game win streak. Bates had also shot over 50 percent from the field in five straight games, but the Bobcats went 25-for-66 (.379) from the floor on the night, while Gordon shot 29-for-57 (.509), including 7-17 (.412) behind the three-point arc, and also made 13 of 14 foul shots in the game.
Junior Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) led the Bobcats with 24 points, tying a career-high, on 10-of-15 shooting from the field. First-year Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) was next on Bates' scoring list with nine points, adding in five assists and five rebounds. Sophomore John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) tied Brust for the team rebounding lead with five. Senior Marshall Hatch (Chicago, Ill.) added eight points and three steals.
Trigg scored a game-high 25 points and Bajema added 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting with a game-high eight assists. Greg Walker added 10 points and Benjamin Gaskill grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, helping Gordon to a 42-30 advantage on the boards.
The first half was back and forth throughout, with nine lead changes and six ties in 20 minutes. Gordon went on a 9-2 run in the middle of the period, with a pair of jumpers by Walker and a three-point play by Bajema, for the biggest lead of the period at 28-21 with 5:54 to play. Bates answered with an 8-0 run with six points by junior Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.) and a layup by Mark Brust that made it 29-28 Bates with 3:10 left to go. Hatch hit a three and a pair of foul shots in the final minute to help give the Bobcats a 36-34 lead at intermission.
Bates and Gordon continued to trade the lead for the first 13 minutes of the second half. A jumper by Trigg gave Gordon a 55-53 edge with 9:02 left, then Bates ran off five unanswered points, with an acrobatic three-point play by Ellis followed by a pair of free throws by Gallant that made it 58-55 Bates with 7:27 to go.
But Bajema hit a pair of free throws for Gordon, then drained a three on Gordon's next possession. Bajema assisted on an Austin Bentson floater in the paint for a 62-58 lead. Trigg made a steal and converted the layup at the other end, then hit a jumper to make it 66-58 Gordon with 5:04 to go. Bajema capped a 13-0 Gordon run on a layup assisted by Bentsen, and Bates called timeout with 4:35 to play, suddenly facing a 10-point deficit at 68-58.
The Bobcats cut it to four, at 68-64 with 2:51 to play, with six unanswered points by Gallant, Brust and Ellis, but that was as close as Bates got the rest of the way, as the Fighting Scots finished out the game with 10 unanswered points over the final 2:17, including a three and two foul shots by Bajema.
Bates wraps up the regular season on Saturday, hosting Tufts at 4 p.m. in a NESCAC contest that may help determine the Bobcats' seeding in the upcoming NESCAC Championship. If you can't make it to Alumni Gym for all the action, you can still follow the game via Live Webcast and Live Stats, both free of charge.