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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:55 am

Bates goes 10-0 at home with 77-64 win over UMaine-Farmington

LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior Mike Boornazian scored 26 points as the Bates men's basketball team defeated UMaine-Farmington 77-64 on Tuesday night, for their fourth straight victory and a 10-0 record at home.

Bates (15-4) shot 53.7 percent from the field, their second-highest percentage of the season, while holding UMF to 38.2% shooting. Bates has won 15 games for the first time since the 2007-08 season, when the Bobcats finished 17-8. The Bobcats continue with the fourth contest of their five-game homestand on Friday, hosting NESCAC rival Williams at 7pm.

The visiting Beavers dropped to 4-15 with their seventh consecutive setback. UMF hosts North Atlantic Conference foe Lyndon State on Friday at 5:30.

Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) recorded his season high on 9-of-16 shooting from the field, 3-of-6 from three-point territory. He added six rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) added 16 points, shooting 6-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, to go with a team-hgih seven rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Senior Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.) added 10 points. Twelve Bobcats played, with 11 of them receiving nine or more minutes of playing time.

Uriah Forest-Bulley led UMF with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Nick Hilton scored 14 points with six boards. Ryan Camire pitched in with 11 points and Eric Berry handed out five assists.

UMF jumped out to a 9-4 lead to start the game, with Forest-Bulley scoring the Beavers' first six points on two Berry-assisted hoops and two free throws, and Hilton capping the run with a 3-pointer assisted by Forest-Bulley with 16:00 to go in the opening period.

Bates substituted its entire lineup at that point and tied the game at 9-9 with back-to-back hoops by sophomore Max Eaton (St. Petersburg, Fla.), including a three, both assisted by sophomoreJerome Darling (Hartford, Conn.). A layup by Philpott and a three by fellow senior captain Cam Kaubris (Rumford, Maine) gave Bates a 16-11 lead. Farmington retook the lead at 19-18 on a Ryan Camire layup, then again at 21-20 on a Tom McGowan jumper, but a three by Boornazian returned the lead to Bates for good at 23-21 with 6:47 left in the half. Boornazian added a three-point play, and then a dunk by senior Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) on a first-year Shawn Strickland (Middletown, Conn.) assist made it 28-23.

The Bobcats led 33-25 before Mike Newton made a steal and threw it ahead to Boornazian for a breakaway dunk, to begin a personal 6-0 run for Boornazian to finish out the half, for a 39-25 Bates lead. The Bobcats shot 63.0 percent (17-27) in the opening stanza.

Bates put more distance between itself and UMF to open the second half, as Boornazian continued his one-man run with a period'opening layup and a three, for a 44-25 Bobcat lead. Boornazian soon after fed Marcus Delpeche for a post-up jumper for a 50-31 Bates edge, tying for the largest difference in the game.

The Beavers chipped away at the lead, getting as close as 57-49 with 9:11 to go, representing an 18-7 UMF run. Camire scored seven points in the spurt. But a Boornazian free throw and a Boornazian-assisted layup by Philpott bumped the advantage back into double digits (60-49) and prompted a UMF timeout with 8:12 to go. The Beavers were unable to get any closer than nine points the rest of the way.
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:55 am

Men's basketball does it again, beats Williams 70-68 in Alumni

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's basketball team has taken on 11 teams at home this season and still beaten every one, after the Bobcats' 70-68 win over Williams College on Friday night, a NESCAC victory played with deafening volume down the stretch coming from the near-capacity crowd.

Bates (16-4, 5-2 NESCAC) snapped a nine-game skid against Williams (12-8, 3-4 NESCAC) with the win and remain in a tie for second place in the conference with Tufts (11-9, 5-2).

Graham Safford had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Bobcats, while Mike Boornazian and Malcolm Delpeche added 13 points apiece. Malcolm Delpeche also contributed six rebounds and four blocks, while twin brother Marcus Delpeche pitched in with eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Bobcats outrebounded the Ephs 43-26 and outscored Williams in bench points by an 11-1 margin. Bates also built sizable advantages in points in the paint (34-16) and second-chance points (12-6).

Hayden Rooke-Ley shot 9-for-13 from the field, including 6-of-8 from beyond the three-point line, to score a game-high 28 points for Williams. Daniel Wohl scored 21 points with 11 rebounds, and Ryan Kilcullen added 10 points. Mike Greenman had seven assists.

In a game featuring seven ties and 10 lead changes, the Ephs had a 60-57 lead with 5:42 to go in the game. But Bates ran off seven unanswered points over the next 2:26 to assume a 64-60 lead the Bobcats were able to preserve over the final three minutes. Adam Philpott started the late run by finding Malcolm Delpeche open underneath for a layup. Then, following a Williams offensive foul, Philpott took advantage of an open lane to drive for a solo layup and a 61-60 Bates lead with 4:48 to go.

Malcolm Delpeche snuffed a layup attempt by Kilcullen and Safford gathered the loose ball before getting fouled by Kilcullen. Safford made one free throw for a 62-60 lead, and with 3:14 to go in the game, Philpott sent Rooke-Ley to the line with a foul outside the three-point arc. Rooke-Ley, however, missed the front end of the one-and-one. Safford alertly pushed the ball up against a softened Williams defense, penetrated and dished to Marcus Delpeche for a thunderous dunk and a 64-60 lead, prompting a Williams timeout.

Coming out of its timeout, Williams was greeted by the loudest roar from an Alumni Gym crowd heard in years. The Ephs struggled to find a shot and settled for a deep three attempt by Wohl, which was deflected by Boornazian and corralled by Safford.

Rooke-Ley, however, drew the Ephs within a point, drilling a three on a Kilcullen assist after Boornazian's missed layup. Safford responded with a quick drive for a layup and Bates called timeout with 1:45 left in the game, hoding a 66-63 lead.

Kilcullen missed a three out of the timeout, and at the other end, Safford was fouled away from the basket, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Wohl rebounded the miss and drove solo for a layup at the other end to close it to 66-65 with 51 seconds to go.

With a 14-second difference between the shot clock and the game clock, Safford whittled the game clock down to 22 seconds before missing a three. Boornazian controlled the weak-side rebound, however, and passed out to Safford, who was quickly fouled by Williams.

This time Safford sank both free throws for a 68-65 lead with 14.5 seconds to go, and Williams called timeout. With about seven seconds left on the clock, a well-defended Wohl attempted a double-clutch three-pointer at the top of the arc and missed, with Marcus Delpeche winning the mad scramble for the rebound and getting fouled. Delpeche sank both of his foul shots with 3.9 seconds showing on the clock, putting Bates ahead 70-65 to ice the win. Aronowitz drilled a buzzer-beating three to draw Williams within two points in the final count.

Safford calmly sank a three with two seconds left in the first half, sending the teams into the locker rooms with a 36-36 tie. Wohl was everywhere for Williams in the opening period, with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Rooke-Ley had 12 points. Safford and Boornazian had 10 points apiece at the break, while Malcolm Delpeche had six points, three rebounds and two blocks and Billy Selmon had four points, three rebounds and four steals. Bates outrebounded Williams 22-13 in the period, while Williams had the edge at the free-throw line, making 9-of-10 while Bates was 4-for-4.

Bates plays host to Hamilton College on Saturday at 3pm in its final home game of the regular season; the game will be Senior Day for Class of 2015 team members Safford, Selmon, Philpott and Cam Kaubris. Williams plays at Tufts Saturday at 2pm.
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:56 am

Bobcats finish 12-0 at home with 73-71 win over Hamilton

LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior Billy Selmon stole a pass and streaked down the floor for a go-ahead layup with 26 seconds remaining, and the Bates men's basketball team held on for a 73-71 win over Hamilton College on Saturday afternoon, completing a 12-0 regular-season home schedule in Alumni Gym. The back-and-forth game featured five ties and 14 lead changes.

Bates (17-4, 6-2 NESCAC) won its sixth straight game, all at home, and with their fifth straight league win, the Bobcats assumed sole possession of second place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, trailing only Trinity (18-5, 8-1). The Bobcats will hit the road next weekend to play at Bowdoin on Friday at 7pm and Colby on Saturday at 3pm.

Hamilton (13-9, 1-7 NESCAC) suffered its third straight loss, all against NESCAC opponents. The Continentals will host NESCAC foe Wesleyan on Friday at 7pm.

Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) led the Bobcats with 21 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore center Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) added 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine), senior Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.) and sophomore forward Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) scored nine points apiece, with Safford adding nine assists and Philpott and Delpeche combining for 10 boards.

Hamilton senior guard and leading scorer Jeremy Lin was hurt early in the first half and made two brief appearances afterward, totaling 10 minutes in all. In his stead, freshman guard Jack Dwyer led the Continentals with a career-high 15 points to go with six assists and two steals. Joe Pucci added 10 points with 10 rebounds, and Peter Kazickas pitched in with 10 points and four steals. Leading rebounder Ajani Santos fouled out in 14 minutes of action, finishing with six points and three rebounds.

Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) was 0-for-8 from the field going into the final minute of the game before his clutch steal, which returned the lead to Bates after the Bobcats had fallen behind 69-64. Hamilton called timeout and with 14 seconds to go, Jack Donnelly missed a deep 3-pointer. Boornazian won the scramble for the rebound and was fouled with 11 seconds left. Boornazian made his first free throw and missed his second, starting the clock as Hamilton's Wes Wilbur controlled the rebound. With no timeouts remaining, Hamilton pushed the ball up and set up a three-point attempt at the top of the arc by Kelan McConnell. McConnell missed the would-be go-ahead three and Wilbur rebounded, but the Continentals couldn't get a putback attempt off before the final buzzer sounded.

After losing the rebounding battle 24-16 in the first half, Hamilton made up the difference and more for a 37-35 edge by the end of regulation time. The Continentals fell despite shooting 51.0 percent from the field in the game, including 50% (8-16) from three-point territory.

Bates shot only 40.7 percent from the field and 15% (3-20) from beyond the arc. The Bobcats made 22 of 31 free-throw attempts (71.0%), with Hamilton getting whistled for 27 fouls in the game, a season-high for any Bates opponent.

Senior Cam Kaubris (Rumford, Maine), one of four Bates senior captains in the starting lineup on Senior Day, drilled a deep 3-pointer for a Bobcat 13-5 lead with 14:32 to go in the first half; the eight-point difference stood up as the largest lead by either team the rest of the way. By the 7:36 mark of the first half, the Continentals had tied the game at 26-26 with a 3-pointer by Donnelly and a free throw by Dwyer capping a 21-13 Hamilton run. A layup by junior Mike Newton (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and a 3-pointer by Safford made it 31-26 in Bates' favor with 6:31 to go, but the Continentals patiently etched out a 6-0 run with three unanswered layups to take a 32-31 lead at 5:02. Bates then ran off six points in a row, with a dunk by Boornazian and four straight free throws, for a 41-35 lead with 1:40 to go. But the Continentals closed within two points before the halftime break, with two free throws by Karl Koster and a Dwyer layup with 12 seconds to go in the opening period.
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:38 am

Hausman, Bowdoin halt men's basketball's win streak at six

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Lucas Hausman tied the school record with 44 points as Bowdoin dealt the Bates men's basketball team its worst loss since 2010, 98-70, on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears improve to 16-6 (6-3 NESCAC) with their most lopsided win over the Bobcats since 2008. The Bobcats, who entered the game as the top-ranked team in the NCAA New England Regional rankings, fall to 17-5 (6-3). Bowdoin's win moved the Polar Bears into a four-way tie for second place in the NESCAC with Bates, Amherst and Tufts, all at 6-3.

Hausman enjoyed one of the finest performances in school history, connecting on 20-25 shots from the field, including a perfect 4-4 from three point range. He is the sixth Bowdoin player to surpass 40 points in a game and tied the school mark set by Bill Fraser, against Bates, in 1954.

He was one of four Polar Bears in double digits as the squad scored a season-high 98 points. Bryan Hurley notched 15 points and dealt 12 assists to go with three steals. John Swords had 14 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks while Matt Palecki added 12 points and six caroms.

Bates was led by 11 points off the bench from senior Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.). Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) and senior Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) had 10 points apiece for the Bobcats. Senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) handed out eight assists but was held to five points.

Hausman was red hot in the opening period, sparking Bowdoin to a 15-point halftime lead. The junior guard knocked down 9 of his 11 shots in the period and Hurley added a trio of three-pointers to spark the Polar Bears. The Bobcats stayed within shouting distance thanks to seven 3-pointers, including three from Selmon, and the Polar Bears carried a 48-33 edge into the break.

After sophomore Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) hit a free throw to open the second period for Bates, Bowdoin quickly put all thoughts of a comeback to rest with a 11-1 surge, pushing the lead to 59-34 with under 16 minutes to go. Bates would get no closer than 20 points for the remainder of the contest.

Bowdoin's offense was clicking on all cylinders as the Polar Bears shot a piping hot 63.5% from the field in the game (40-63), including 66.7% from three-point range (12-18). Bates connected on 36.8% of its shots (21-57) for the contest and hit on 13 three-pointers (13-34). Bowdoin owned a 37-29 edge in rebounding for the game.

Both teams will play against Saturday with NESCAC postseason seeding at stake. The Polar Bears will host Tufts at 2:00 p.m. while the Bobcats will travel to play at Colby at 3:00 p.m.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:50 pm

Men's basketball clinches home playoff game with win at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Bates men's basketball team led by 15 points at halftime and went up by as much as 18 points in the second half before holding off a Colby rally for an 82-77 win in New England Small College Athletic Conference men's basketball on Saturday. The result helped the Bobcats establish program milestones for overall victories and NESCAC victories in a season.

Bates' win guarantees the Bobcats one of the top four seeds in the NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship. The Bobcats will host either Tufts (13-11, 6-4) or Wesleyan (16-8, 5-5) next Saturday, Feb. 21, in the conference quarterfinals, in what will be Bates' first home postseason game since 2010.

Bates will be either the third or fourth seed in the tournament, depending on whether Amherst wins at Middlebury on Sunday: a Middlebury win would mean the third seed for Bates (and a matchup with Wesleyan), but an Amherst win would make Bates the four seed and Tufts the Bobcats' quarterfinal opponent.

Before the postseason begins, the Bobcats will finish out the regular season with a non-conference game at St. Joseph's on Monday at 7pm, a makeup date from November.

At 18-5 overall and 7-3 in conference play, the Bobcats have established a program record for NESCAC wins and have tied for the third-most overall wins in a season in team history. The 2004-05 and 2005-06 editions of the Bobcats both finished 6-3 in the NESCAC, prior to Hamilton becoming a full conference member in 2011-12, which created an annual 10-game conference slate.

The Mules dropped to 13-11 and 4-6 in the league; they will be the eighth seed and play at top-seeded Trinity College next Saturday in a league quarterfinal game.

Bates senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) had a double-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and a team-high four assists for the Bobcats. Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) finished with 13 points, three assists, and two steals. Sophomore center Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) chipped in 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting and sophomore Max Eaton (St. Petersburg, Fla.) also shot 4-for-5 and had 10 points, tying a career-high.

Colby's Ryan Jann led all scorers with 19 points, to go with six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Sam Willson finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, Connor O'Neil had 14 points and three assists in his final home game, and Luke Westman scored 12 on 5-for-6 shooting with six assists. John Gallego went 4-for-6 from the field and had 10 points.

Bates took control midway through the first half and led by as much as 16 points at 30-14. The Mules cut the margin to eight points, but the Bobcats pulled away in the final two minutes to go up 41-26 at the break.

The Mules got back-to-back 3-point shots from O'Neil and Gallego to get the lead down to nine at 48-39 with 14:28 to play. Then Colby got all the way back in the game after a strange sequence. Ryan Jann sank four straight free throws after being fouled, plus a Bates technical foul. Colby retained the ball and Gallego sank another 3-pointer to suddenly cut the lead to 48-46 with 12:53 to play.

Safford scored seven points in a 9-3 Bates run as the Bobcats got up again by eight points and forced the Mules to battle back. Colby got back to two points on three occasions, but could never get the game tied, with Malcolm Delpeche scoring six straight Bobcat points, on two jumpers and two free throws.

With Bates up 73-70, senior Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.) hit a big 3-point shot from the left corner and Malcolm Delpeche followed with an inside jumper for a 78-70 margin.
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:51 am

Men's hoops preps for NESCACs with 62-57 win at St. Joseph's

STANDISH, Maine -- The Bates men's basketball team finished the regular season with a 62-57 non-conference win at St. Joseph's College of Maine Monday night, in a makeup date from a game originally scheduled for November.

With its eighth win in its final nine games, Bates improves to 19-5 with the victory, tying the 2004-05 Bobcats for the second-most wins in team history. The 2004-05 squad, Bates' only team to advance to the NESCAC finals, finished 19-8.

The Bobcats now move on to the eight-team NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship tournament as the No. 3 seed. Bates will host Wesleyan University, led by former Bates head coach Joe Reilly, on Saturday at 3pm in their first postseason home game since 2010.

Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) scored 16 points, senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) added 14 points and six assists and first-year forward Max Eaton (St. Petersburg, Fla.) continued his hot play of late, scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, including 1-for-1 on 3-pointers, to go with a career-best nine rebounds and three assists.

Craig Luschenat scored 18 points to lead the Monks (12-11), shooting 5-for-11 from the field and from beyond the arc. Steve Simonds grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, Jordan Tripp handed out seven assists and Quinn Richardson-Newton added 11 points.

Bates never trailed and led by as many as 14 points with 9:38 left in the game before the Monks struck for a 15-3 run to cut the lead as low as two, at 53-51, with 3:14 to go.

A three-point play by Safford gave Bates some breathing room at 56-51 but layups by Tripp and Richardson-Newton kept the Monks within three at 58-55 with 1:24 left. Bates got a pair of free throws from Boornazian with 50 seconds left, then stopped the Monks on two straight possessions before Boornazian was sent to the line again and made 1-of-2 for a 61-55 lead.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:52 am

Wesleyan advances past men's basketball in NESCAC quarterfinal, 66-59

LEWISTON, Maine -- Wesleyan University received 22 points from Joe Edmonds, 18 from Jack Mackey and held Bates College to 15.4 percent shooting from three-point territory for a 66-59 win over the host Bobcats in a NESCAC Men's Basketball Championship quarterfinal game on Saturday in Alumni Gymnasium.

The Cardinals (17-8) avenged their 74-66 loss at Bates on Jan. 30, and advance to the semifinal round next weekend at Trinity College. Wesleyan will face the top-seeded Bantams (20-5) in the first semifinal next Saturday at 2pm, followed by second-seeded Bowdoin (18-7) taking on fifth-seeded Amherst (19-6) at 4pm.

It was the first loss in 13 home games for the Bobcats (19-6), who now have no choice but to wait for the NCAA selection committee to determine whether Bates is deserving of an at-large bid into the NESCAC Division III Men's Basketball Championship tournament. The NCAA's regional rankings this week have Bates ranked second in the Northeast Region, based on a 19-3 record against regional opponents (which has now dropped to 19-4) and the region's highest strength-of-schedule rating. Bates' fate may depend upon how many underdogs around the country are able to win their conference tournaments and snag automatic bids, crowding the at-large field.

Bates received a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds from junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.). Senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) added 16 points and seven assists in the loss.

Edmonds scored 11 points and grabbed all seven of his rebounds in the second half. Joseph Kuo contributed nine points and six rebounds for Wesleyan, and Rashid Epps led the Cardinals with eight boards.

Mackey drilled three 3-pointers and Edmonds added another in the opening 6:45 of the first half for a 20-13 lead. Boornazian sank his second three of the half to close the gap to 20-16, but Wesleyan scored seven straight points with another Edmonds three and back-to-back two-point hoops by Mackey, for a 27-16 Wesleyan lead. Another three by Edmonds, followed by a Harry Rafferty trifecta, had Wesleyan enjoying a 33-20 lead with 3:24 to go in the half.

Safford drew a foul and sank two free throws to stem the bleeding and begin a 9-2 Bobcat run to close out the half. Boornazian drained his third three in the streak and senior Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.) converted a layup, both on Safford assists, and Safford made a pair of free throws with 1.7 seconds left in the period, drawing Bates within six (35-29) at the break.

Mackey had 15 points at halftime, making 6-of-13 from the field and 3-of-8 from beyond the arc. Edmonds had 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Wesleyan made 7-of-13 3-pointers in the period (53.8%) compared to 3-of-17 (17.6%) for Bates. Boornazian kept the Bobcats afloat in the opening period, scoring 13 points with 3-of-6 three-point shooting and grabbing eight boards, three on the offensive glass.

Bates came out hot in the second half, extending the run to 18-2 with nine unanswered points that made it 38-35 in Bates' favor, the Bobcats' first lead since 6-5. Boornazian's pullup jumper opened second-half scoring, followed by a Safford-assisted dunk by sophomore Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.), a Safford layup and a Safford-assisted corner three by senior Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) for the 38-35 lead, prompting Wesleyan's second timeout in the early going of the period.

After both teams exchanged misses, Edmonds used a screen at the top of the arc to get a clean look at a three and made it, pulling the Cardinals even at 38-38. With 13:11 left, Edmonds tipped in a missed three by Mackey. Bates' Selmon missed a pair of free throws at the other end, and Wesleyan's Davis nailed a three for a 44-40 Cardinal lead.

Bates called timeout after a Safford layup closed it to 44-42, but Davis was fouled in the act of shooting a three, putting him at the line for three free throws. Bates got a break with Davis missing all three, and Boornazian hit a jumper at the elbow to tie the game up again at 44-44.

An Edmonds three gave Wesleyan a five-point lead back at 49-44, but Bates tied it at 49-49, with 4:45 to go, on another Boornazian jumper and a layup by sophomore Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.), set up by a penetration and dish by Selmon.

After a Wesleyan timeout, Rafferty found Mackey open in the corner for a three, giving the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish at 52-49 with 4:23 left. Safford and Rafferty exchanged layups before Mackey set up a Kuo dunk to make it 56-51 with 2:16 left in regulation. Wesleyan came up with consecutive defensive stops, including a steal by Mackey that led directly to a fast-break layup and three-point play by Davis with 59 seconds left in the game, for a 59-51 Wesleyan lead. Bates was forced to foul the Cardinals the rest of the way, and they made 7-of-8 from the stripe in the final minute to preserve the lead.

Bates shot 1-for-9 from three-point territory in the second half to record a season-high for missed three-point attempts (22).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:24 am

Men's basketball team picked for the Big Dance

LEWISTON, Maine -- For the first time in team history, Bates College men's basketball has been invited to the Big Dance.

The Bobcats today received one of 20 at-large berths in the 62-team NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship, which begins this Thursday. Bates (19-6) will face St. Vincent College of Latrobe, Pa., in a first-round matchup on Friday at Stockton University, in Galloway, N.J. Tipoff time is yet to be determined. The winner of the game will face the winner between Stockton and Endicott College on Saturday.

Bates senior captain Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) said it's a day he knows he'll never forget. "It's all I've been thinking about for the last week and a half or whatever it's been. The day went real slow. I was just waiting for 12 o'clock," he said. "And finally we were all in the room [watching the selection show], and when our name got called, it was just the release of a lot of emotions all coming out at once. It was awesome to share with these guys."

Bates is one of eight first-time participants in the tournament, a group that includes NESCAC rival and NESCAC tournament champion Wesleyan. St. Vincent is making its third appearance. The Bobcats are one of four New England Small College Athletic Conference teams to make the field, along with Wesleyan, Amherst and Trinity. The Bobcats have the second-most victories in team history against one of the toughest schedules in the country, making for their outstanding candidacy for a berth.

Head coach Jon Furbush admitted that about a week ago, he was "not very confident" about Bates' chances. "This has been the longest 10-day stretch of my coaching career, because we didn't know our destiny. I was really guarded, because I didn't want to get these guys too excited about playing, and then not play. It's been tough for these guys. It's not a fun feeling to not know what your destiny is."

St. Vincent (22-6), nicknamed the Bearcats, won an automatic bid with its third consecutive Presidents' Athletic Conference championship, after defeating second-seeded Waynesburg 72-66 in the title game on Saturday.

"I didn't get a lot of sleep, which I know was the same for a lot of the guys on the team; we were real excited," said junior guard Mike Boornazian. "Hearing the news, we all just went nuts. I kind of blacked out for about 10 seconds after that. It's just an honor to be a part of the first team in Bates history to make it. I'm just real excited for this opportunity."

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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:25 am

Invitation to NCAA tournament should be within Bobcats' grasp

Selections for the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship tournament will be announced Monday at 12:30pm. The Bates Bobcats, who have never before received an invitation to NCAAs, can be cautiously optimistic that this is the year, even though only the selection committee really knows who's on the bubble.

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Indeed, with a 19-6 record against one of the country's toughest schedules in the 2014-15 season, Bates appears to remain in excellent position to receive one of the 19 at-large bids to the NCAA tournament.

The invitations to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship go out with its selection show Monday at 12:30pm. Bates is looking for its first-ever berth since NESCAC teams began to participate in the tournament in 2000.

By the NCAA's strength of schedule rankings of February 26, Bates' schedule ties as the third toughest out of 417 Division III teams: Bates' opponents accumulated an aggregate record of 306 wins 191 losses (.616), tying Tufts.

Against that opposition, of course, the Bobcats tied the 2006-07 squad for the most wins in program history. Two of their six losses came against out-of-region opponents (Emory and Birmingham-Southern, on successive days), giving them a 19-4 record against Northeast Region opponents.

In addition to a program-record seven NESCAC wins, the Bobcats defeated a series of strong non-conference opponents, including Nichols (20-6), Husson (20-7), Southern Vermont (23-4).

None loom as large as the second day of the season, Nov. 16, when senior Graham Safford's (Hampden, Maine) 21 second-half points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left, delivered a 54-51 win over Babson. The Beavers were ranked No. 23 at the time, but the win seems to grow ever more significant as Babson (25-2) has enjoyed an excellent season of its own. The Beavers supplanted Bates atop the second Division III Northeast Rankings, issued two weeks ago, and have remained there, making the Babson win one of Bates' biggest chips in the game.

After bowing out of the NESCAC quarterfinals to eventual tournament champion Wesleyan on Feb. 21, Bates dropped to fourth place behind Babson, Trinity and Amherst in the third and final regional rankings released last week. Both Trinity and Amherst advanced further than Bates in the NESCAC playoffs, and Wesleyan moved to the front by winning the conference playoff, but four NESCAC teams made the tournament a year ago. If four should be invited again this year, Bates may well be in the fold for the first time in team history.
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:36 am

Safford named First Team All-NESCAC

HADLEY, Mass. -- Bates College senior Graham Safford received First Team All-NESCAC honors on Wednesday, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its Men's Basketball All-Conference team for 2014-15.

It is the first All-NESCAC honor for Safford (Hampden, Maine), who becomes Bates' first First Team honoree since Brian Ellis '11 in 2010. The senior point guard was joined by four other guards on the first team, in Bowdoin junior Lucas Hausman, Williams senior Daniel Wohl, Amherst junior Connor Green and Trinity junior Jaquann Starks.

Safford has been a guiding force in the Bobcats' stellar season, which has resulted in a 19-6 record and the Bobcats' first berth in the NCAA Division III tournament. Bates won a program-best seven NESCAC games and earned the third seed in the eight-team NESCAC Championship, and the Bobcats are now set to take on St. Vincent in the first round of NCAAs this Friday at Stockton University.

The two-year captain leads the Bobcats in scoring (15.2 points per game), assists (6.3 apg), steals (1.78 spg) and free-throw shooting (.792); within the NESCAC he ranks sixth, second, third and ninth in those categories, respectively. Safford is also second on the Bobcats and 17th in the NESCAC in rebounding (5.4 rpg). His clutch shooting has propelled Bates to some of its biggest wins in the past two seasons; one example was the 57-54 win over Babson in November, in which Safford scored 22 points in the second half and drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in the game.

Safford scored his 1,000th career point for Bates on Jan. 6 against Brandeis, and now ranks 16th on the team's all-time scorers list with 1,188.

2014-15 NESCAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Team
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