|Marshall Hatch '10 tied for the team lead with 14 points, including three free throws that put Bates in the lead for good.|
FARMINGTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's basketball team quickly overcame an eight-point deficit (52-44) with 10:21 left in the game with a 23-3 explosion over the next six minutes of the game, and went from there to beat host UMaine-Farmington 77-64 in a non-conference game on Tuesday night.
Bates' Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.), Marshall Hatch (Chicago, Ill.) and Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.) did all the scoring in the outburst, which included 18 unanswered points, that catapulted the Bobcats suddenly into a 67-55 lead with 4:08 left to play. Ellis hit a layup to start the run and would add a pair of free throws and another layup to the total. Hatch was fouled on a three-point attempt with 6:45 left to play and hit all three foul shots to lift Bates into its first lead since 6:38 remained in the first half, at 54-53. He then stole the ball back and hit a layup, then canned a three-pointer with 5:05 to go that gave Bates a 61-53 lead. And Schmiemann hit a jumper, a foul shot and back-to-back three-pointers that put the exclamation mark on the run. UMF got no closer than nine (70-61) the rest of the way.
After shooting a subpar .381 (8-for-21) from the field in the first half, Bates hit an incredible 17 of 21 shots in the second half, finishing the game with a .595 shooting percentage. UMF, conversely, shot .520 from the floor in the first half to build a 34-26 lead at the break, before the Bobcats cooled them off (7-for-26) in the second half.
Bates senior Jimmy O'Keefe (Lexington, Mass.) didn't score during the decisive run, but did a lot of scoring during the other parts of the second half, a team-high 12 points on 6-of-7 points. O'Keefe was one of four Bobcats in double figures on the night, as Hatch, Schmiemann and Ellis scored 14 apiece. Ellis shot 8-for-8 at the free throw line and 3-for-5 from the field, and added a game-high nine rebounds. Schmiemann was 5-for-6 from the field in the game.
UMF's Josh Tanguay scored on a layup to start off the second half, but Hatch hit a three-pointer on an assist by senior Neil Creahan (Hingham, Mass.) to close it to 36-29 with 18:04 to go, starting a stretch of six minutes in which the Bobcats outscored the Beavers 15-7, closing the gap to 43-41 with 12:20 to play. O'Keefe scored six points underneath during the run, and senior Dave Curley (Bolton, Mass.) capped the run with a layup.
UMF bounced back to regain an eight-point advantage at 52-44 with 10:21 to go as Andrew Dean hit a three-pointer and a pair of free throws.
Eric Taylor scored a game-high 21 points for the Beavers (4-10), Dean added 13, and Tanguay and Eric Lelansky had 11 apiece.
Bates next plays Friday at NESCAC rival Connecticut College at 8 p.m., followed by a game at Wesleyan on Saturday at 4 p.m.