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Men's hoops takes care of Thomas, 90-71

Wilson

Ellis

Gallant

Philbrook

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Chris Wilson (Brewer, Maine) and Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) scored 19 points apiece and junior Alex Gallant (Bangor, Maine) added 15 as the Bates College men's basketball team handed Thomas College its first loss of the season, 90-71, in the Bobcats' home opener on Tuesday.

Bates (3-1) avenges its season-opening 98-94 loss to the Terriers (4-1) on Nov. 20 in the Keene State Tipoff Tournament.

The Bobcats shot 65.4 percent from the floor, including 9-13 (.692) from behind the arc and outrebounded the Terriers 39-19, led by Ellis's eight boards. Bates also dished out 26 team assists, with Wilson coming up with seven.

Jarrad DeVaughn led four Terriers in double figures with 17 points. Isaiah Brathwaite added 13 points and Antonio Juco and Andrew Duncanson scored 10 apiece. Duncanson also dished out six assists.

Thomas held on to a slim lead for much of the early going, until a three-pointer by Wilson tied the game at 28-28 with 5:27 left in the first half, starting the Bobcats on an 18-6 run to finish out the period. Wilson had his imprint all over the run, hitting on all three 3-point attempts he took and scoring 13 points along with two steals and an assist, giving Bates a 43-34 lead at the half.

The Bobcats were just getting started offensively. They hit a blistering 17 of 22 field goal attempts in the second half, including a 5-6 effort by Gallant, as they outscored the Terriers 25-7 in bench points in the period. Sophomore Kyle Philbrook (Auburn, Maine) had seven points, three assists and three rebounds in the period, while Ellis contributed 10 points, four rebounds and two steals.

The Bobcats' overall field goal percentage is their highest of this decade (the record is currently not listed in the team record book), and it is the Bobcats' first game over 60 percent as a team since Nov. 23, 2003 (.621 against Rivier).

Bates has a key early-season non-conference game at rival Bowdoin on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.



Stats and Play by Play: Bates 90, Thomas 71