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Men's basketball beats Camels in OT for third straight

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Bates sophomore Luke Matarazzo poured in a career-high 27 points to lead the Bates men's basketball team to its third straight NESCAC win, an 84-80 overtime triumph at Connecticut College.

Bates (9-6, 3-2 NESCAC) plays at Wesleyan (14-4, 3-2) on Saturday at 4pm (Live Stats / Video). The Bobcats and the Cardinals are currently in a three-way tie for third place in the conference.

Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.), who set his previous career best with 17 points in Bates' last outing, an 81-60 win over Bowdoin last Saturday, shot 9-for-16 from the field (3-for-7 behind the arc) while adding six rebounds and three assists. The 5-foot-9 point guard went 6-for-6 at the free-throw line in the final minute of overtime to hold the Camels at bay.

Bates' frontcourt combination of 6-8 senior forward John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) and 6-6 junior center Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) had another potent game. Squires recorded his third straight double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Bogdanovich added 12 points and nine boards.

Senior forward Reid Christian (Pownal, Maine) netted 15 points, and senior guard Kyle Philbrook (Auburn, Maine) handed out a team-high four assists.

Connecticut College (6-11, 0-5) sophomore Matt Vadas did it all for the Camels, scoring 29 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out four assists. Rob Harrigan added 21 points, combining with Vadas to shoot 18-of-28 from the field. The Camels were an identical 14-for-27 from the field in both halves of regulation, and also made 3-of-6 shots in overtime. Bates made only 1-of-5 shots in the extra period, but went 11-of-14 at the free throw line. The Bobcats attempted no free throws in the entire first half.

Bates also enjoyed its second-best rebounding margin of the season, dominating the glass by a 45-28 difference.

Bates led by as many as 10 points in the second half; Bogdanovich converted a pair of free throws with 8:14 remaining that vaulted the visitors out to a 65-55 advantage.

The Camels responded, putting together a furious 10-0 run to pull even when Vadas converted a three-point play with 2:46 remaining in regulation.

Vadas scored the next two Camel field goals, putting the hosts on top 71-67 when he converted on a hoop with 1:01 to go.

But Christian responded with a three-pointer from the right side, fed by Philbrook, with 56 seconds left. In the closing moments, Squires connected on one of two free throws to pull the Bobcats even with the Camels at 71-71, and the teams were headed for overtime.

In the extra session, Christian knocked down a jumper with 3:26 to go to put the Bobcats on top for good.

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