|Brian Ellis scored 22 points with nine rebounds and three steals to lead Bates past the Camels.|
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Bates College men's basketball team finished out the game on a 21-5 run to stun host Connecticut College in a 64-57 NESCAC win on Friday night. Bates (9-10, 1-4 NESCAC) gets its first conference win of the season and looks for its second on Saturday at Wesleyan at 4 p.m. The Camels drop to 7-12, 0-5 in NESCAC play.
Junior Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) led the Bobcats with 22 points, nine rebounds and three steals, while Marshall Hatch (Chicago, Ill.) contributed 16 points and senior Jimmy O'Keefe (Lexington, Mass.) added 10. Sophomore John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) had a team-high six assists.
Shavar Bernier's three-pointer with 9:35 to go -- only his second three of the game, out of 13 attempts -- put the Camels ahead 52-43. Junior Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.) hit a jumper for Bates to start off the decisive stretch for the Bobcats. Ellis followed with a three-point play, and O'Keefe scored back-to-back buckets from close range to close the gap to 54-52 with 7:29 left. The Camels turned the ball over on their next two possessions and Schmiemann hit a layup to tie the game at 54-54 with 6:40 left.
The Camels retook the lead on a three-pointer by Eddie McGuinness, but Ellis answered with a layup, Hatch put the Bobcats ahead on a three, making it 59-57 with 4:45 left, and Schimemann hit Ellis for a jumper to make it 61-57 with 3:48 to go. Connecticut College's offense reeled from missed shots and turnovers, including three in the final 100 seconds of the game. In the final minute of the game, Hatch hit two of four free throws and Schimemann hit one of two to extend the final difference to 64-57.
Bates shot a scorching 16-for-23 (.696) from the field in the second half, finishing the game at 51.0 percent.
Demetrius Porter led the Camels with 19 points and 15 rebounds, followed by Rob Harrigan with 12 points. Bernier had seven assists and six rebounds.