|Rookie guard Mark Brust scored a career-high 18 points to lead five Bobcats in double figures.|
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- First-year guard Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) netted a career-high 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field, including a pair of three-pointers, to lead visiting Bates College (10-10, 2-4 NESCAC) past Wesleyan University (8-12, 1-5) 74-69 on Saturday.
Brust was one of five Bobcats to reach double-digits in the scoring column, as both junior Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.) and senior Marshall Hatch (Chicago, Ill.) contributed 12 while senior Jimmy O’Keefe (Lexington, Mass.) had 11 and junior Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) added 10 in a balanced offensive effort. Sophomore John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) contributed seven points and seven rebounds.
But it was five points from Schmiemann during an 8-0 Bates run in the second half that helped give the visitors the edge. Bates was up 59-52 after letting its biggest lead of the game (56-40) slip a bit with 12 minutes to go.
Bates stemmed the Cardinals’ rally by scoring on three straight possessions -- a three by Brust, a three by Schmiemann and a jumper by Schmiemann -- to push the margin back to 15 at 67-52 with about six minutes to go.
Wesleyan then went on a 13-2 run of its own, sparked by five points from freshman Derick Beresford, to narrow the difference to four at 69-65 with 1:23 left. After Bates missed a pair of one-and-one opportunities, Wesleyan came up empty on three shots to lessen the gap even more. Bates then went 5-for-6 at the line in the final 37 seconds while Wesleyan got a pair of baskets for the final five-point deficit.
Leading the Cardinals with 18 points was Jason Mendell. Mike Callaghan helped the cause with 13 and Beresford finished with 10. The game’s rebounding leader was Bates' Ellis, with eight. Greg St. Jean had a game-high five assists for Wesleyan.
Bates had led by 10 (22-12) in the first half before the Cardinals got within two (26-24), only to have Bates push back out by seven and hold a 39-33 lead at intermission.
Bates will return to action Friday, Feb. 5, hosting NESCAC rival Amherst at 8 p.m.