LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior Mark Brust scored a career-high 22 points with five assists and sophomore Luke Matarazzo added a career-high 17 points with seven assists and six rebounds as the Bates men's basketball team scored an 81-60 NESCAC win over rival Bowdoin on Saturday at Alumni Gym.
Bates (8-6, 2-2 NESCAC) led for all but the opening minute in winning its second NESCAC game in as many days, while Bowdoin (9-4, 1-2) dropped its second straight.
The Bobcats made a season-best 12 of 22 three-point attempts in the game, with Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) making all four of his tries, Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) hitting both of his and senior Reid Christian (Pownal, Maine) shooting 5-of-8 from behind the arc en route to 15 points.
Bates also achieved a 45-34 edge on the boards. Senior John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) had his second straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) added eight points and 10 rebounds.
Will Hanley led the Polar Bears with 19 points and nine boards, while Andrew Madlinger pitched in with 11 points. Keegan Pieri added nine points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.
Bowdoin got its one and only lead on Ryan O'Connell's jumper in the opening minute. Christian answered with two straight threes for a 6-2 Bates lead. With Bates ahead 10-4 following a pair of buckets by Squires and Bogdanovich, Matarazzo made the first of three trifectas in a span of under two minutes, and senior Kyle Philbrook (Auburn, Maine) added another. Philbrook fed Matarazzo for his third three from the wing, and Bowdoin's Matt Mathias was whistled for a foul, giving Bates a stunning 22-6 lead with 13:12 left in the half, prompting a Bowdoin timeout. Matarazzo hit his free throw for a four-point play to make it 23-6.
Pieri converted a three-point play to stop the 15-2 Bates run. The Bobcats led 38-23 with 2:17 left in the half before closing out the half with a 9-3 spurt, and a last-second layup by Hanley shortened the halftime deficit to 47-26. Bates shot .529 (18-34) in the decisive first half, while Bowdoin went 9-for-27 (.333). Christian scored 12 points in the opening stanza, and Matarazzo added 10, while Hanley led the Polar Bears with seven points.
Brust opened the second half with a jumper, then offset two straight layups by Hanley by making a three to extend Bates' lead to 52-30 with 17:17 remaining. Bowdoin could only cut the lead to as little as 14 points the rest of the way, allowing the Bobcats to cruise to the win.
Bates returns to action on Friday with a NESCAC game at Connecticut College (8pm).