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Men's basketball beats Connecticut College on Senior Day, 58-47





LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's basketball team won its third straight NESCAC game on Saturday, beating Connecticut College 58-47 in the Bobcats' final regular-season home game of the season.

Bates (12-9, 3-3 NESCAC) outscored Connecticut College 31-18 in the second half after the Camels (10-10, 1-5 NESCAC), the second time in as many days and the third straight time overall that the Bobcats have put together a big second half to win.

Senior Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.) scored a team-high 13 points in his final home game. Senior Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) and junior John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) added 12 apiece. Also playing their last home games, seniors Alex Gallant (Bangor, Maine) and Thomas Deegan (Weymouth, Mass.) scored eight and two points, respectively.

First-year guard Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) led Connecticut College with a game-high 23 points, but was the only Camel to score more than six points.

Vadas was on fire in the first half, leading the Camels to a 29-27 lead at intermission. The rookie guard hit 5-of-7 shots, including all four from long distance, en route to 16 points. For Bates, Ellis had a team-high seven points, while Squires hit both of his field goal attempts for five points and three rebounds.

Bates led by as many as eight points in the first half, at 23-15 with 5:28 to play. the Camels finished out the half with a quick 8-0 run over the final 1:42, with a three by sophomore Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.), a pair of free throws by Vadas and a final three by Vadas with 22 seconds to go, for a 29-27 Camels lead at the break.

Bates led by two, at 39-37, with 11:02 left in the game, when Schmiemann took control. The senior forward hit a layup when fouled with 8:58 to go, then made two straight jumpers. A steal by Deegan then led to a layup and three-point play by Schmiemann with 6:53 left, putting the Bobcats on top 48-42. Schmiemann found Gallant wide open under the hoop on Bates' next possession, for a layup that made it 50-42.

The Camels cut it down as low as 52-47 on a three by rookie Jethro Anilus with 3:46 left, but Bates made six of eight free throws over the final 1:14 to ensure the win.

Bates next plays at Trinity on Friday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. The Camels will host Western Connecticut State on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

BOX SCORE: Bates 58, Connecticut College 47