LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's basketball team erased a 12-point second-half deficit, taking its first lead since the first minute with 10:47 to go in the second half, en route to a 72-63 non-conference win over Thomas College on Tuesday night.
- Read Kalle Oakes' story on the game published in the Lewiston Sun Journal.
The Bobcats (2-2) entered the game ranked fourth in the state by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association, while the visiting Terriers (2-2) are ranked fifth.
Bates first-year guard Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) led the Bobcats with 15 points, 11 of them coming in Bates' 15-4 second-half run that spanned less than four minutes. Senior John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the second half, finishing the game with 14 points, 12 boards, two blocked shots and two steals. Junior Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) also collected 12 boards, as Bates outrebounded Thomas 55-43 in the game, after the teams were tied 27-27 on the glass after one period.
Junior Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) scored 10 points, including two key three-pointers in the second half, while sophomore Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) played an exceptional game with a game-high seven assists to go with seven points, six rebounds and two steals.
Jarrad DeVaughn scored a game-high 29 points for the Terriers, leaving the junior just four points shy of the career 1,000-point plateau. Sophomore 5-foot-9 guard Franklin Salvador added 17 points and eight rebounds.
Selmon's transition jumper with 10:47 left in the second half put Bates ahead, 48-47, for the first time since the opening minute of the game. Thomas retook the lead on a three by Salvador, followed by a three-point play by DeVaughn that made it 53-50 in Thomas's favor with 9:24 left in the game.
With 7:25 to go, first-year Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) grabbed the rebound on a missed free throw by Bogdanovich, and found Squires underneath for a layup. A missed three by the Terriers' Marquies Pollard was answered by a three-pointer by Brust in the left corner, set up by Matarazzo, for a 55-53 Bates lead that the Bobcats would not relinquish. Matarazzo found Bogdanovich for another layup on Bates' next trip down the floor for a 57-53 lead.
Thomas answered with a layup by Antonio Juco and a foul shot by Juco on the Terriers' next two possessions to cut the lead to one with 6:14 to go. The teams traded two turnovers apiece before Brust hit his second three on a Matarazzo kickout to make it 60-56 with 4:30 left. DeVaughn then muscled inside for a layup, but Brust set up a three by senior Reid Christian (Pownal, Maine) for a 63-58 Bates lead with 4:08 to go.
DeVaughn converted another three-point play to take Thomas back within two, 63-61, but Bates outscored Thomas 9-2 over the final 3:31, with Squires scoring three hoops down the stretch and Christian adding another, while the Terriers missed six three-point attempts in that time.
Bates next plays at Emerson College on Monday, Dec. 5 at 7pm.