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Men's basketball pushes past Fisher, 74-65

LYNN, Mass. -- Seniors Reid Christian (Pownal, Maine) and John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) scored 16 points apiece to lead the Bates College men's basketball team to their third straight victory, a 74-65 win over Fisher College on Wednesday night.

Bates (4-2) will next play at Colby on Saturday at 3pm, in the rivals' annual non-conference matchup, followed on Sunday with a second non-conference game at Bowdoin, starting at 1pm. The Colby game can be followed live via video webcast, while the Bowdoin game can be followed via webcast and live stats.

Junior Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine), junior Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) and first-year Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) added 12 points apiece for Bates. Despite playing 19 minutes plagued by foul trouble, Squires added a team-high nine rebounds to his career-high scoring total, while Safford added seven boards. Sophomore Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) had seven assists and four steals in the game.

Dennis Norfold led the Falcons (2-9) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Murphy added eight points and seven assists and Ryan McCorkle pitched in with 11 points.

The Bobcats led 35-31 after the first half, which featured one tie and two lead changes, despite the Falcons' 56.5% shooting. Christian and Brust both hit three-pointers in the final 46 seconds of the period to turn around a 31-29 Fisher lead before the intermission.

Fisher tied the game at 38-38 early in the second half on a three by Zack Pope, and the Falcons continued the run to outscore Bates 14-6 over the first 4:40 of the half, thanks to a pair of threes by McCorkle. But the Bobcats answered with a 7-0 spurt on a pair of foul shots by Squires, a layup by Brust and a three by Christian for a 49-45 Bates lead with 14:33 left. The Bobcats held onto their lead the rest of the way, though the Falcons cut it to two on three more occasions and trailed by only three points, 67-64, with 44 seconds left in the contest. Safford hit a pair of free throws with 36 seconds to go, and Squires added a free throw with 28 seconds left to preserve the win.

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