WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates men's basketball team owned a 68-63 lead with 2:24 to go, but host Thomas College reversed that down the stretch, making 10-of-10 free throws over the final 38 seconds of the game in a 77-72 non-conference victory at Larry Mahaney Gymnasium.
Thomas (11-9) started off the scoring with a Jarrad DeVaughn layup, but that would be the only lead of the opening half for the home side. Bates led by as many as 12 at the 5:24 mark on a three-pointer by Bates (9-14) junior Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.). DeVaughn’s three at the buzzer cut the deficit to five for the Terriers at the half, 38-33.
DeVaughn had a game leading 15 points at halftime, going 5-8 from the floor and 4-5 from downtown. Senior Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) had a team-leading nine points in the opening stanza for the visiting side.
Bates jumped out to a nine point lead to start the second half, but Thomas was able to fight back to tie the game with 11:20 left by a layup from Marquis Pollard. The lead continued to switch hands four times throughout the remaining 10:40.
The Bobcats took a five point lead with 2:24 remaining, but Thomas was able to climb their way back and took the lead for good after a foul by Bogdanovich that sent Levi Barnes to the line. Offset by two quick layups by first-year Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.), Bates continued to foul and Thomas continued to take advantage.
The Terriers had all five starters in double figures, led by Devaughn with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Bogdanovich led the Bobcats with 19 points and two blocks in addition to nine boards, while Boornazian chipped in his second double-double this season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Matarazzo had 16 points and sophomore Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) added 11 points and four assists. Senior Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists, and junior Derek Murphy (Lowell, Mass.) totaled six points and three steals.
The Bobcats finish the regular season on Saturday with a 5pm game against NESCAC rival Hamilton (Video / Live Stats). It will be senior night for Bogdanovich, Brust, Taylor Gartley (Rockport, Maine) and John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine).