LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's basketball team erased an early deficit of as many as 10 points with a 16-0 run in the first half, and outscored Emerson College 34-25 in the second half for a 66-53 victory in the championship game of the Bates Tipoff Tournament on Saturday.
Bates (2-0) senior center Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) earned tournament MVP honors after collecting 16 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) chipped in 13 points en route to a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
For Emerson (1-1), Michael Thorpe netted 18 points, including 16 in the first half, and was also named All-Tournament. Jon Goldberg chipped in 13 points and seven rebounds, along with a team-high four assists.
Saturday's consolation game pitted Fisher College and the University of Maine Augusta, with Fisher prevailing 80-67 to rise to 4-1 on the season. The Moose of UMA dropped to 0-4.
Tyler Shular led the Falcons with 30 points, including 22 in the first half, a day after being held scoreless in Fisher's 62-48 loss to Emerson. Fisher's Ryan McCorkle grabbed 10 rebounds and scored seven points, and was named All-Tournament. UMA's Walker Cooper (21 points) rounded out the All-Tournament Team.
Emerson started the game with a layup by Brian Hurley, followed by a three-pointer from Thorpe and a dunk by Hurley of a dish by James Rhodes for a 7-0 lead, prompting an early timeout from Bates head coach Jon Furbush. Rhodes canned a three after an offensive rebound by Patrick Lowndes to make it 10-0 at the 16:59 mark of the half.
Bates broke the spell with back-to-back 3-pointers from the corner by first-year Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.), and Brust made a pair of free throws to pull Bates within four at 12-8. But Emerson answered with a short jumper by Hurley, followed by a three-point play by Thorpe. Thorpe made a deep jumper, then drained another three on Emerson's next trip down the floor, for a 22-13 Emerson lead with 12:31 left.
The Lions then went cold, however, and were held scoreless for the next 9:20 as Bates scored 16 unanswered points for a 29-22 lead. Junior Derek Murphy (Lowell, Mass.) fed Bogdanovich for a fast-break layup, and Sean Cunningham followed with a steal and a layup to close the gap to 22-17. Murphy found Billy Selmon alone in the corner for a three, and a pair of free throws by Bogdanovich tied the game for the first time at 22-22. Brust gave Bates its first lead with a free throw, and after a layup by sophomore Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine), he scored three straight buckets for a 29-22 Bates lead. The Bobcats grabbed six offensive boards during the 16-0 run.
Lowndes made a free throw to break the streak, and Thorpe made a three and scored on a layup over the final 2:23 of the period to close Bates' halftime lead to 32-28. The Bobcats shot only 11-for-35 (.314) in the half, but Emerson didn't fare much better at 11-for-30 (.367).
Bogdanovich established a theme on the opening possession of the second half, collecting a missed three by Safford and making the putback for a 34-28 lead. It was the first of six offensive boards in the first six minutes of the period, helping Bates expand its lead to 46-38 even as Emerson made five of its first seven field goal attempts to begin the period.
Led by Goldberg, Emerson made a run to cut the margin down to three. Goldberg hit a three, then assisted on a layup by Tyson Hallowell. Lowndes sank two free throws to close the gap to 48-45 with 11:13 remaining in the game, which was as close as Emerson would come the rest of the way.
Selmon made a steal and missed the layup at the other end, but Safford rebounded the miss and found senior Taylor Gartley (Rockport, Maine) with a nifty no-look pass under the basket for a layup. Safford followed with a layup of his own, and a jumper by Brust following an Emerson turnover gave Bates some breathing room, compelling Emerson head coach Jim O'Brien to call timeout with Bates leading 54-45 with 9:07 left.
Rhodes fed Hurley for a layup to close it to 54-47 out of the timeout, but Bates responded with a putback by Bogdanovich and a layup by Safford for an 11-point cushion with 5:38 to go.
Emerson cut the deficit to seven again with consecutive jumpers by Goldberg, but on their next trip down the Lions missed two shots underneath. Brust hit a pair of free throws with 1:12 remaining to make it 60-51, all but sealing the victory.
Bates outrebounded Emerson 48-32, including a 21-9 edge on the offensive glass, which led to a 20-3 advantage in second-chance points.
Safford filled the stat sheet with nine points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) added nine points, five rebounds and three assists, and Boornazian pitched in with eight points and six boards.