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Postby jimbob » Fri Dec 26, 2014 10:25 am

Very nice article featuring Graham Safford.
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Postby camden hills fan » Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:06 pm

Having known Graham's family for over 20 years, it was nice to read this well written article.
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Dec 30, 2014 4:29 am

No. 7 Emory defeats men's basketball in Atlanta, 84-65

ATLANTA, Ga. -- No. 7 nationally ranked Emory University handed the Bates College men's basketball team its first loss of the season on Monday, 84-65, on the first day of the Emory Tournament.

Bates (7-1) will face Birmingham-Southern (6-3) on Tuesday at 2pm at Emory in the tournament consolation game. Emory (8-1) hosts Union in the championship game at 4pm.

The Bobcats received a game-high 23 points along with eight assists from senior captain Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine), as well as a career-high 11 points off the bench from junior Mike Newton (Chapel Hill, N.C.). Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds in a homecoming game for the senior captain.

Alex Foster scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Eagles, including 16 points in the second half. Michael Florin passed out 11 assists, helping five Emory players score in double figures. Josh Schattie had 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting, Davis Rao scored 12 points, Jonathan Terry added 11 and Will Trawick contributed 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Emory took advantage of 11 Bates turnovers in the first half to assume a 34-29 lead at intermission, despite being outrebounded by a 24-16 margin. In the second half, the Eagles controlled the boards, 22-8, outscoring Bates in second-chance points 12-2 while making 8-of-15 shots from behind the arc (.533) and 15-of-26 overall (.577).

Aside from Safford and Selmon, the rest of Bates' starting lineup struggled offensively. Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) shot 1-of-9 from the field and committed four turnovers. Sophomore Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) had seven points and three rebounds in 25 minutes, and sophomore Malcolm Delpeche (wilmington, Del.) fouled out in 21 minutes of action, totaling two points and four rebounds.

Emory made 18 of 26 attempted free throws, while Bates sank nine free throws on only 12 attempts.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:48 am

Birmingham-Southern outshoots men's hoops, 76-72

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Birmingham-Southern College never trailed, building a 44-34 halftime lead and hanging on for a 76-72 victory over the Bates College men's basketball team on Tuesday, the final day of the Emory Holiday Classic.

Bates (7-2) returns to New England for the remainder of the regular season, and will play at Southern Vermont College on Saturday at 2pm.

Birmingham-Southern (7-4) received 14 points from three players, including reserve John Crain, who drained 4-of-5 three-point attempts. Alex Avery and Larry Thomas also scored 14 apiece, with Avery grabbing a game-high nine rebounds.

Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) scored a game- and season-high 25 points for Bates, making 7-of-13 shots from the floor, 6-of-10 on 3-pointers, and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. Senior captain Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.) scored a season-high 13 points off the bench, and senior captain Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) added 10 points, all of them scored in the second half, and a season-high nine assists.

Philpott and junior Mike Newton (Chapel Hill, N.C.) both made valuable contributions off Bates' bench, with Newton producing six points, a team-high seven rebounds and four assists.

The Panthers shot 14-of-24 in the first half, a .583 clip, while getting two baskets apiece from six different players. Boornazian and Philpott helped Bates keep the game within reach during the period: Boornazian was 4-of-6 from the field, including 3-of-4 behind the arc, and Philpott made 4-of-5 shot attempts, while the rest of the team was a combined 5-for-19 from the floor (.263).

The Panthers were held to 8-of-28 shooting from the floor (.286) in the second half as Bates clawed back into the game, but they were saved by 5-of-11 shooting (.455) from behind the arc.

Ian Thom made the first two baskets of the game to stake the Panthers to a 4-0 lead. Bates came back with a 6-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from senior captain Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.), to tie the game at 6-6, but a steal by Ross Welch led to a jumper by Larry Thomas for an 8-6 lead, and a three by Crain made it 11-6.

A pair of threes by Boornazian, both assisted by Safford, sandwiched a layup by BSC's Mac Barron to tie the game at 25-25 with 9:08 left in the half. Boornazian tied the game again at 27-27 with a pair of free throws, and at 30-30 with another three. A dunk by sophomore Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.), assisted by Selmon, cut BSC's lead to 35-34 with 2:42 to go, the closest the score would get the rest of the way. BSC ended the half with a 9-0 run, with six unanswered points by Avery followed by a Larry Thomas three with six seconds left in the half.

BSC could not put Bates away, but the Bobcats could get no closer than within six points until a late-game run. A three by Safford with 2:19 cut the lead to 70-63, and another three by the captain with 55 seconds left made it 70-66. Avery's layup gave BSC some breathing room and a 72-66 lead, but with 18 seconds remaining, Philpott drained a three to cut the lead to 72-69. Thomas made 4-of-4 free throw attempts in the final 13 seconds, rendering Boornazian's final basket, a buzzer-beating 3-pointer, harmless.
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Jan 12, 2015 11:12 am

Bobcats corral Panthers in NESCAC opener, 57-53

LEWISTON, Maine -- Using lockdown defense throughout the contest, the Bates men's basketball team dealt Middlebury its first loss of the season on Friday night in Alumni Gymnasium, 57-53, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

The Bobcats (10-2, 1-0 NESCAC) shot only 34.5 percent from the field and 16.7% from three-point land, but held the Panthers to 31.3% shooting overall, 21.4% behind the arc, and their lowest point total of the season. Bates had a big advantage in free throws, making 16-of-22 (72.7%) while Middlebury made only 5-of-12 (41.7%).

Senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) led Bates with a game-high 20 points, while junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) and sophomore forward Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) added 12 points and six rebounds apiece. Sophomore center Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in addition to team highs of four assists and two blocks in a key performance for Bates, which outrebounded Middlebury by a slight 46-44 margin.

Dylan Sinnickson had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Middlebury, the only Panther to score in double figures. Jake Brown added nine points and three assists, while Hunter Merryman, who entered the game averaging over 16 points per game, mustered three points on 1-of-13 shooting from the floor.

It is Bates' second win in a row over Middlebury -- the Bobcats won 64-61 in Middlebury a year ago, but went winless in NESCAC play the rest of the way, while Middlebury tied for third place in the league at 6-4.

Middlebury led 23-17 with 4:16 to go in the first half on a layup by Nick Tarantino (7 points, 2 blocks), but the Panthers were held scoreless for the rest of the half while Bates finished the period with a 7-0 run to assume a 24-23 lead at the break.

Tarantino had all seven of his points in the first half to lead the Panthers in the period, while Sinnickson had six. Safford and Marcus Delpeche had eight points apiece for the Bobcats, while Malcolm Delpeche had already collected 10 boards at the break.

Marcus Delpeche delivered the highlight of the half, and the game, with a thunderous tomahawk dunk from the baseline, off a penetration and bounce pass by Boornazian, as part of a three-point play for the sophomore forward.

Sinnickson led off the second half with a layup in the opening minute to regain the lead for Middlebury. The teams traded hoops, and Boornazian's third bucket of the half gave Bates a 32-30 lead, which Sinnickson answered with a 3-pointer from the wing, assisted by Jack Daly, for a 33-32 Panther lead, their last of the game.

Marcus Delpeche sank a pair of free throws for a 34-33 Bates lead, kicking off a 10-0 run, as the Bobcats held the Panthers scoreless over a span of 4:32. Three-pointers by Safford (off an inbounds pass from Boornazian) and senior Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.), whom Malcolm Delpeche found open in the left corner, opened up a 42-33 Bates lead with 9:43 left in the game.

But Brown singlehandledly cut the deficit over the next minute, driving for a layup and knocking down a three to make it 42-38. Bates scored six straight in response, but Middlebury answered with an 8-0 run starting with Brown's layup at 6:51, scoring on four straight possessions while Bates suffered a miss and a pair of turnovers. Matt St. Amour made a layup, then fed Merryman for a jumper on an inbounds pass, and fed Sinnickson for another layup to make it a 48-46 game with 5:20 to go.

After a Safford layup made it 53-47 in Bates' favor, Sinnickson followed a Safford turnover with a putback. Malcolm Delpeche missed the front end of a one and one on Bates' next possession, and after Safford rebounded a miss by Sinnickson, he was fouled but missed both free throws, and St. Amour streaked up the court for a quick layup to cut it to 53-51 with 23 seconds remaining in the game. Safford was fouled again but made both foul shots to make it a two-possession game, and after a missed three by Merryman, Safford was fouled again and again made both free throws, giving Bates a 57-51 lead with 10 seconds to go. Brown's layup with four seconds remaining accounted for the final score.

Bates next hosts UMaine-Presque Isle on Tuesday at 7pm.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Jan 14, 2015 11:18 am

Men's basketball tops UMPI for fourth straight win

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's basketball team won its fourth game in a row Tuesday night, overcoming a hard-nosed UMaine-Presque Isle team by a 60-47 score at Alumni Gym.

Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) led the Bobcats (11-2) with 17 points and four assists, to go with six rebounds and two steals. With senior point guard Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) sitting the game out, sophomore Jerome Darling (Hartford, Conn.) got the start at point guard and scored a career-high 11 points. Sophomore Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) added nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

UMPI dropped to 8-7 with its third straight loss. Chase Vicaire led the Owls with 17 points, while Maurice Harris added 11 points and three blocks. Owl starters Nick Lenhard and Brandon McGill both went scoreless, but shared the team lead with seven rebounds apiece, and Lenhard also dished out five assists.

Fifteen Bates players saw playing time, including first-year guard Shawn Strickland (Middletown, Conn.), who made his college debut and played 11 minutes after missing Bates' first 12 games with illness.

The Bobcats outrebounded the Owls 50-33, including 21 offensive boards, helping them to a 13-3 edge in second-chance points. In addition to Malcolm Delpeche's 10 rebounds, senior Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.) grabbed seven boards, while Boornazian, sophomore Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) and junior Josh Britten (Yarmouth, Maine) all had six apiece.

Bates opened the game with a 20-5 run and never saw its lead threatened, though UMPI cut it to single digits late in the second half.

Boornazian assisted Marcus Delpeche on a layup for Bates' first hoop, then scored Bates' next four points for a 6-0 lead. Vicaire countered with a jumper and the game's first 3-pointer to make it 6-5, but Bates then reeled off 14 unanswered points to assume control. Senior Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) and Darling made back-to-back threes, on assists by Boornazian and senior Cam Kaubris (Rumford, Maine). Darling made a floater, and Kaubris drained a three for a 17-5 lead, assisted by sophomore Max Eaton (St. Petersburg, Fla.). Kaubris returned the favor, assisting an Eaton three at the 11:02 mark for a 20-5 lead.

UMPI closed out the half with an 8-2 run, capped by a Vicaire three with three seconds left to close the deficit to 30-20.

Bates began expanding its lead back to start the second half, aided by a Selmon breakaway dunk that made it 36-22. Two minutes later, Selmon made a brilliant no-look pass to Malcolm Delpeche while saving the ball from going out of bounds, and Delpeche's two-handed flush made it 40-24 with 15:48 to go.

UMPI continued to battle, and the Owls' Trevor Lovely scored five unanswered points to cut the lead into single digits at 44-36 with 8:53 left. UMPI got the deficit down to eight three more times down the stretch, but no closer. A pair of technical fouls called against UMPI allowed Philpott to make four foul shots in a row with 47 seconds remaining, bumping Bates' lead back into double digits at 58-45.

Bates hits the road this weekend to face NESCAC foes Trinity (Friday at 7pm) and Amherst (Saturday at 3pm).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:13 am

Men's hoops team edged at Trinity, 66-59

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Bates men's basketball team's win streak was snapped at four while Trinity College won for the 11th time in 12 games, edging the visiting Bobcats 66-59 in New England Small College Athletic Conference action.

Bates senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) was the leading scorer in the game with 13 points, to go with a game-high six assists, but missed 10 of his 13 attempts from the field while being harassed all game long by Trinity's Rick Naylor and Hart Gliedman. Naylor made a key block on a corner jumper by Safford with Trinity leading, 59-57, down the stretch.

Bobcat senior Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.) added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Bates (11-3, 1-1 NESCAC) plays at Amherst (10-4, 1-2 NESCAC) Saturday at 3pm.

Jaquann Starks notched 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists to lead the Bantams. Trinity ups its season mark to 13-3 and stayed perfect in three league games.

With the game tied at 57-57 with just under four minutes left to play, after a 15-footer by Bates sophomore center Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.), Trinity scored seven points in a row to pull away. Andrew Hurd gave the Bantams the lead for good with a drive to make it 59-57, and George Papadeas followed with a dunk off a dish from the baseline by Starks with under one minute remaining. Hurd and Starks went 5-for-6 at the foul line down the stretch to ice the game.

Trinity built a 23-15 lead inside the eight-minute mark of the first half after a short Papadeas jumper and led by double digits for the only time in the game at 31-21 thanks to an easy layup by Steve Spirou with 17 seconds on the clock, made possible by another Starks pass in traffic.

A pair of free throws by Safford made the score 31-23 at the break. The teams combined to make 10 of 20 three-point attempts in the first half, but Trinity held the Bobcats to just one two-point field goal in 11 attempts. Safford paced Bates with eight points, while Naylor and Chris Turnbull each scored six for Trinity off the bench in the first stanza.

The Bobcats fought back, tying the game on a three-pointer by Safford at 33-33 at the 15:53 mark of the second half, but five consecutive foul shots by Starks and Alex Conaway pushed the home team's lead back up to 38-33 a minute later.

Bates junior forward Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) drilled a trey to tie the game at 44-44 at the midpoint of the second frame, but Trinity answered again with two free throws by Papadeas and a three by Hurd. The Bantams led, 57-51, after a put-back by Ed Ogundeko with 5:30 on the clock, before a fast-break layup by Bobcat senior guard Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) and Malcolm Delpeche's jumper tied it for the third and final time.

Trinity outrebounded Bates, 23-14, and the Bobcats launched 19 three-pointers but made just five in the second half. Bates finished with a 33.9 percent field-goal percentage, while Trinity shot slightly better from the floor at 38.5 percent but made 16 of 18 second-half free throws.

Papadeas joined Starks in the Bantams' team lead with 12 points, while Hurd totaled 10 points and six boards, and Ogundeko grabbed a game high nine boards to go with four points and two blocked shots.

Four Bates players finished the game one whistle away from fouling out: Malcolm Delpeche, Boornazian, Selmon and sophomore Max Eaton (St. Petersburg, Fla.).
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Jan 18, 2015 8:34 am

Boornazian's game-high 16 points not enough at No. 25 Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. -- A strong first half and a well-balanced attack by No. 25 nationally ranked Amherst lifted the Jeffs to a 70-53 NESCAC win over the Bates men's basketball team Saturday afternoon in LeFrak Gymnasium.

With the win, the Jeffs improved to 11-4 overall on the year and 2-2 in the NESCAC. The Bobcats lost their second straight game to drop to 11-4 on the year and 1-2 in league play.

David George posted his sixth double-double of the year as he scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, including four offensive. He also blocked two shots. Eric Conklin went a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor for a season-high 12 points, and Jayde Dawson added 11. Dawson and Connor Green led the team with four assists each.

The Bobcats were led by junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) with a game-high 16 points on 7-of-18 shooting. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) added 11 points and a team-high two assists, and sophomore Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) pulled in 10 boards and registered eight points.

Marcus Delpeche hit a layup on the first possession of the game to give the visitors a 2-0 lead, but a 3-pointer by Dawson seconds later put Amherst up by one and they never looked back. A layup by George and another three by Nabatoff capped off an 8-0 run within a minute as the Jeffs took an 8-2 lead at the 18:19 mark.

Minutes later, the Jeffs went on another run to take a double-digit lead. Ahead 13-8, the Purple & White rattled off six consecutive points to go ahead by 11, as Nabatoff finished the run with another three.

With 8:43 remaining in the half, Safford hit one from behind the arc to cut the deficit to nine, but Amherst scored 10 unanswered to take its largest of the game. After a layup by Conklin at the 4:39 mark, the home team went ahead by 19. They eventually entered the break up 45-30.

The Bobcats wouldn't back down easily, however. Despite trailing by double-digits for most of the second half, a jumper by Safford with 5:51 to play in regulation cut the deficit to eight. Bates had outscored the Jeffs 21-14 up until that point, but a layup by Dawson seconds later put Amherst back up by double digits as the Bobcats' hopes for a comeback were derailed.

In the final 5:51 of action, Amherst outscored Bates 11-2 en route to the 70-53 win.

As a team, the Jeffs shot 25-of-54 (46.3%) from the floor, 7-of-23 (30.4%) from downtown and 13-of-22 (59.1%) from the charity stripe.

The Bobcats went 22-of-64 (34.4%) from the floor, including just 2-of-19 (10.5%) from behind the arc and 7-of-14 (50.0%) from the free-throw line. The Jeffs edged Bates in rebounding, 40-39, and dished out 14 team assists compared to just six by the Bobcats.

Bates will next play host to Tufts in another NESCAC matchup on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 3pm.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:41 am

Safford, Bobcats get the best of Wesleyan, 74-66

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Graham Safford scored 22 of his game-high 31 points in the second half to lift the Bates men's basketball team to a 74-66 win over Wesleyan University Friday night before a raucous crowd in Alumni Gymnasium.

Sun Journal: "Bates rallies past Wesleyan," by Kevin Mills

While a snowstorm raged outside Alumni Gym, inside a near-capacity crowd lifted the Bobcats (13-4, 3-2 NESCAC) to their eighth home win in as many contests. Bates will host Connecticut College on Saturday at 3pm.

Wesleyan (13-6, 2-3 NESCAC) plays at Tufts tomorrow at 2pm.

Safford (Hampden, Maine) made 4-of-6 shots from three-point territory in the second half and all four free throws, in his fourth career game with 30 or more points, and his first this season. For the game he was 10-20 from the field, 5-10 from behind the arc, 6-6 at the line, while also handing out four assists and grabbing six rebounds.

Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) added 13 points, including 10 in the second half. Sophomore Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) led all players with 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Joe Edmonds scored 16 points to lead the Cardinals, while Jack Mackey and Harry Rafferty added 15 apiece. BJ Davis totaled 11 assists.

Wesleyan led by a game-high margin of nine points, at 49-40, after Edmonds' layup with 12:06 to go in the second half capped an 11-2 run, featuring 3-pointers by Davis, Edmonds and Jack Mackey.

The Bobcats began their comeback with a key hustle play by junior Mike Newton (Chapel Hill, N.C.), who hit the floor to corral a missed 3-pointer by freshman teammate Justin Zukowski (Portland, Maine). Newton passed to Safford, who found Boornazian open for a 3-pointer. After a Wesleyan timeout, Safford ran off a screen near the baseline and popped out on the right wing, where Zukowski found him for his first three of the half, closing the gap to 49-46.

Out of a Bates timeout, Mackey drained a three on a Davis feed. After Safford's pullup jumper and a missed three by Mackey, Safford splashed in a three from well beyond the line to give Bates a 53-52 lead with 6:52 left, the Bobcats' first lead since 29-28 late in the first half.

The Bobcats outrebounded the Cardinals 38-31 in the game, 20-10 in the second half. A pair of free throws by sophomore Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) whittled Wesleyan's lead to 49-48 with 8:02 left in the game.

Joseph Kuo dunked on a Davis assist to return the lead to Wesleyan, but a strong move underneath by Marcus Delpeche resulted in two points, and after a Wesleyan turnover, Safford was fouled and hit both free throws for a 57-54 Bates lead.

Wesleyan trailed 58-55 when Marcus Delpeche swatted away a layup attempt by Rashid Epps, and the Bobcats capitalized with another Safford three for a 61-55 lead with 3:55 left.

Wesleyan stayed alive with threes by Mackey at 3:03, a stepback three by Davis with 1:47 to go and, following a Safford three and a free throw by Bates senior Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.), Davis found Rafferty open for one more trifecta, which drew the Cardinals within two points, at 68-66, with 34 seconds left. With Wesleyan forced to foul the rest of the way, however, Boornazian, Safford and Marcus Delpeche all took turns going 2-for-2 at the free-throw line to ice the win.

Both teams were an equal 11-for-29 from the field in an evenly played first half. The Bobcats led 29-26 before the Cardinals finished out the period with seven unanswered points, including an Edmonds jumper in the final seconds, for a 33-29 Wesleyan edge at intermission. Safford and Edmonds had nine points apiece to lead their respective sides in the period.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 31, 2015 7:04 pm

Men's basketball runs away from Camels down the stretch, 76-61

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's basketball team has a habit of playing at its best, on defense in particular, down the stretch of its games. On Saturday in Alumni Gym, the Bobcats scored the final 19 points of the game, holding Connecticut College scoreless over the final 6:28 to change a late deficit into a 76-61 victory.

Bates (14-4, 4-2 NESCAC) is now 9-0 at home and off to its best start through 18 games since the 2006-07 season.

Bates won its third straight, all against New England Small College Athletic Conference foes, and moved into a two-way tie with Tufts for second place in the NESCAC. The Bobcats and Jumbos are a half-game ahead of both Amherst and Bowdoin, who are both 4-3 in the conference.

With their seventh consecutive setback, the visiting Camels dropped to 7-11 overall and 0-6 in NESCAC play.

Sophomore Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) scored a career- and game-high 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field and grabbed seven rebounds for the Bobcats. Senior Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) added 15 points, including 11 in the second half, and junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) scored 14. Senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) scored 10 points, all in the second half, and dished out 10 assists to go with seven steals -- one away from his own team single-game record of eight. Senior Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.) contributed 10 points and seven rebounds in 14 productive minutes off the bench.

Zuri Pavlin led the Camels with 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Daniel Janel scored 10 points and Alex Tonhazy added nine points and eight boards.

CC maintained a small lead, never greater than six points, for most of the contest. The Camels led 57-51 with 8:40 to go and 61-57 with 6:28 left, on a layup by Pavlin set up by McKinley.

Selmon cut the lead to one just six seconds later on a three assisted by Safford. Selmon fouled McKinley on Conn's ensuing possession, but the Camel guard missed the front end of a one and one. The teams traded misses before Safford set up a layup by sophomore Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) for a 62-61 Bates lead with 5:32 to play. Selmon drilled another Safford-assisted three at the 4:28 mark to make it 65-61, Bates' biggest lead to that point. Bates' lead widened with a pair of Safford free throws, followed by a Boornazian three for a 70-61 advantage with 1:41 to go. Safford made four more free throws and Selmon hit two more to account for the final score.

Marcus Delpeche threw down two of his three dunks in the game in the first half, buoying the Bobcats to a 35-34 edge at intermission. He made all five of his shots in the half for 11 points to go with five rebounds, while Philpott had eight points and four boards in five minutes. He made back-to-back layups to turn a 29-27 deficit into a 31-29 lead late in the half, and then he set up a Marcus Delpeche dunk with 40 seconds left in the period. McKinley made a pair of free throws with 8.8 seconds to go in the period to close Bates' lead to 35-34. Despite owning the slight lead, the Bobcats missed all 10 of their 3-point attempts in the half. The Camels committed 12 of their 21 turnovers in the opening period.

Bates next hosts UMaine-Farmington on Tuesday at 7pm.
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