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Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 06, 2015 9:40 am

NCAA Tournament Game Preview: How to catch the Cats live

As two-year captain Graham Safford said Monday, the day the Bates men's basketball team learned it would play in the NCAA Division III Tournament, "It's a whole new season."

With a 13-day gap between their last game, a loss to Wesleyan in the NESCAC quarterfinals, the Bobcats are well-rested and feeling their healthiest in weeks, and will hope to use that to their advantage and push the pace against their first-round opponent, Saint Francis College of Latrobe, Pa.

The game will be the first-ever Division III tournament game for the Bobcats, and their first NCAA tournament game since the 1961 NCAA College Division Regionals.

The Particulars
Who: Bates College Bobcats (19-6) vs. Saint Francis College Bearcats (22-6)
What: NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Game, First Round
When: Friday, March 6, 2015 | 5:30pm
Where: The Sports Center; Stockton University | Galloway, New Jersey (Directions)
The Sports Center is the big blue building that is visible from Vera King Farris Drive. The parking lot is located right next to the arena.

Tickets: Tickets are $6 general admission and $3 for students, seniors and children. They will go on sale at The Sports Center approximately 30 minutes prior to the start of the first game on Friday and single game on Saturday.

Live Coverage: Streaming Video | Live Stats

Watching on Bates Campus: The game will be shown on two TV screens in the Bobcat Den for a campus-wide watch party.

Details
The game will be the first of two in a first-round doubleheader, with host Stockton (22-5) facing Endicott (23-5) at 7:30pm. The two winners will meet in the Second Round at Stockton on Saturday, March 7 at 7pm.

St. Vincent Notes
St. Vincent has all the marks of a very solid, balanched, well assembled team, and the Bearcats were the clear No. 1 seed in the Presidents' Athletic Conference postseason tournament, which they won for the third straight year. Bates can't match the experience that comes from St. Vincent's three-year run of NCAA appearances -- that may be the biggest single advantage either team has over the other in this matchup.

The Bearcats were clearly the class of the PAC, outscoring opponents by an average of 10.8 points per game, 35th best in Division III. The Bearcats mauled PAC opponents under the boards, boasting a league-best +6.4 per-game average on the glass. They also shoot a conference-best .372 from 3-point territory, and limit their turnovers to 11.7 per game, second best in the league.

St. Vincent started the season 1-3 and is 21-3 since then, with an eight-game win streak entering Friday's game.

Junior 6-foot-3 guard Pat Jones leads three Bearcats who score in double figures on the average. Jones shoots .411 from three. Six-foot-6 forward Sean Kett scores 12.7 points and grabs a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game, while 6-2 junior guard JC Howard is scoring 12.0. Kett (.812), Howard (.800) and Jones (.776) are all strong free-throw shooters. A pair of small guards give the Bearcats a lift from outside as well, with 5-11 junior Jaylon Bell averaging 9.0 points on .362 from three and 5-9 junior Ben Klimchock shooting threes at a .421 clip while scoring 6.3 points per game.

Bates Notes
While opponents may worry about the scoring duo of Safford (Hampden, Maine) and junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.), if Bates doesn't play tough defense it doesn't win. And when sophomore big men Malcolm and Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) are protecting the rim on defense, crashing the boards, running the floor and attacking the rim on offense, the Bobcats are at their very best.

Though Bates has gone 19-6 despite making 3-pointers at a lower rate than their opponent this season, so many games do come down to which team shoots the three better. That may ultimately place the Bobcats' fortunes in lead marksmen Safford and Boornazian. But Bates has a slew of other players capable of giving the team a major offensive spark, in senior guard Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.), senior guard Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.), first-year center Max Eaton (St. Petersburg, Fla.), to name a few. Bates would prefer not to need Safford or Boornazian to come to the rescue on every offensive turn in the second half, but knowing they're capable of doing so is a great asset.

Bates simply isn't as strong statistically as St. Vincent, almost across the board, but for one key stat that played a large role in the Bobcats earning their invitation to the tournament. Bates is tied for second in Division III in the NCAA's strength-of-schedule rankings: its opponents have a collective winning percentage of .614. By the same criteria, St. Vincent is also pretty high: 50th out of 417 D3 programs at .556. But in emerging from the NESCAC, a league that has seen seven teams earn NCAA invitations in the past two years, and faring very well against a host of strong non-league opponents, the Bobcats have surely seen, and beaten, quite a few other teams of the Bearcats' quality.

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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:19 am

Bobcats shoot past St. Vincent in NCAA First Round, 92-80

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Bates senior Graham Safford had 30 points and 10 assists as the Bates men's basketball team won its first-ever NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament game by a 92-80 score over St. Vincent College Friday evening at Stockton University.

The Bobcats (20-6) will take on host Stockton on Saturday at 7pm at the Sports Center in a second-round matchup.

The win ties the 2014-15 Bobcats with the 2006-07 squad for the most victory in a season in program history. The 2005-06 team finished 20-6.

The Bearcats of St. Vincent end their season at 22-7. SVC is 0-3 in its NCAA tournament history, all within the past three years.

In spite of playing for the first time in 13 days and in an unfamiliar gym, the Bobcats shot 32-for-61 from the field for their third-highest field-goal percentage of the season (.525), and made seven of its first 13 three-point attempts before finishing at 7-16 (.438), tying the early-season win over Babson for the second-best three-point shooting of the season.

"To be honest, I'm surprised how well we've been shooting the last two days, but we were really efficient on offense," said head coach Jon Furbush, referring to team workouts both earlier in the day and the night before. "We ran our stuff well, got really good looks, and the guys executed our stuff to a T."

Safford notched his fifth career 30-point game, his fourth 10-assist game this season and his fifth double-double this season. The two-year captain and recent First Team All-NESCAC selection made a career-high 16 of 19 free throws. Boornazian pitched in with 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Senior Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) scored eight points, all in the first half as he kept the otherwise struggling Bobcats afloat offensively.

Sophomore center Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) led Bates to a 42-31 rebounding edge against the Presidents' Athletic Conference's best rebounding team, collecting a career-high-tying 16 boards before fouling out of the game with 2:42 left. Delpeche came up with a pair of big hoops after twin brother and forward Marcus Delpeche (14 points, 5 rebounds) first fouled out with 5:03 left.

"Malcolm was great," said Furbush. "He started out just getting every rebound in his area, and he protected the rim really well. On paper he had 16 rebounds, but with all the tipped balls he had his hands on, I told him I thought he should have had 22. And he said, 'You're right.'"

St. Vincent forward Sean Kett led four Bearcats in double figures with 26 points, 24 of them scored in the second half. Like Safford, he made his living on the line, making 16 of 20 free throws. Kett made 5-of-9 shots from the field and led SVC with eight rebounds. Jaylon Bell added 16 points but missed all seven of his shots behind the arc.

Bates led by as many as 22 points, at 60-38 with 11:46 left in the second half, but SVC scored 37 points over the next 10 minutes, drawing within nine points at 84-75 with 1:57 to go. Kett scored 19 points in that span while sinking 11-of-12 free throws.

St. Vincent entered the game averaging 11.7 turnovers per game, but committed 11 giveaways in the first half. The Bearcats settled down significantly in the second period, with just four turnovers, even as the pace of the game quickened. The Bearcats scored 55 points in the second half after managing only 25 in the first.

Boornazian's 22 points give him 983 in his career. He can join Safford as the 32nd member of Bates' 1,000-point club by scoring 17 or more points tomorrow.

Safford, meanwhile, vaulted past four former Bobcat greats, from 16th into 12th place on Bates' all-time scoring list with 1,218 points. Safford passed Tim Collins '92 (1,196), Jim Marois '77 (1,198), Herb Taylor '84 (1,205) and Brian Gerrity '05 (1,209).
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 08, 2015 9:25 am

On to the Sweet Sixteen! Bobcats top Ospreys in OT, 68-59

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- In a 26-hour span, the Bates College men's basketball team has grown from first-time NCAA Division III Tournament competitor into a Sweet Sixteen championship contender. With a gutty and balanced performance, the Bobcats knocked out host Stockton University 68-59 in overtime Friday night in a second-round matchup.

The Bobcats made particular effort to conserve their emotions after the final buzzer, instead shaking hands with the Ospreys and saving the euphoria for when they returned to the locker room, head coach Jon Furbush said from the team bus after the game. "We're on the best bus ride ever right now," Furbush said. "There's just a lot of good energy here right now."

Bates (21-6) will face next NESCAC rival Trinity (22-5) on Friday at a site to be determined tomorrow. Babson will play Johns Hopkins in the other half of the regional doubleheader, with the winners to meet on Saturday, March 14.

"I'm really happy for these guys," said Furbush. "We were so up and down throughout the game. Things didn't go our way at times, and things were great at other times. The guys stayed the course and found a way to win."

Bates outrebounded its opponent by more than 10 boards for the second night in a row, enjoying a 48-34 advantage, as sophomores Malcolm Delpeche and Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) grabbed 10 rebounds apiece. Malcolm chipped in 17 points and two blocks in his star turn as a Bobcat. Junior Mike Newton (Chapel Hill, N.C.) grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to aid the Bobcat cause.

Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) scored a game-high 18 points for Bates, netting his 1,000th career point late in regulation time. The junior swingman had 12 points in the first 12 minutes of the game, boosting Bates to a 26-11 lead in that time. Boornazian added a backward tip-in of a miss by senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) to be the first-half buzzer and send Bates to a 33-23 lead at the break.

Safford scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime, and senior Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.) scored eight points off the bench, making 2-of-4 three-point attempts.

The No. 17 nationally ranked Ospreys finish the year 23-6. Anthony Woodard led Stockton with 17 points, with 16 of them scored after halftime. New Jersey Athletic Conference Player of the Year Josh Blamon added 14 points, 11 of them in the first half, as he was bottled up for much of the game by Bates senior guard Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.). Armin Cane scored 10 points and Carlton Whitehead came off the bench for seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.

After shooting over 52 percent on field goal attempts the night before, Bates was held to .344 shooting by the Ospreys. But Bates' 1-3-1 zone defense, designed to make the Ospreys take shots they weren't accustomed to taking, led to .356 shooting from the field.

"We noticed that in Stockton's losses, Blamon and Cane hadn't played great. We really tried to limit their touches and production," said Furbush. "Billy Selmon had a big assignment tonight (on Blamon), and I thought he made him really work for his touches, and when he did have the ball, made him really uncomfortable."

Bates jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first four minutes and led by as many as 16 points in the first half, forcing the Ospreys to play from behind for the rest of regulation. Stockton finally tied the game at 51-51 with 5:34 left in the second half. Bates jumped back ahead 55-51 with 2:58 to go with three free throws by Boornazian -- his 998th, 999th and 1,000th career points -- but Stockton held Bates scoreless for the final three minutes, and tied the game at 55-55 on a pair of free throws by Anthony Woodard at 2:01 and a Woodard layup with 43 seconds left. Safford blocked the potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer by Mike Catanoso to send the game into extra time.

Stockton's first and biggest lead of the game occurred with the first basket of the overtime period, as Woodard's layup rolled around the rim and in 54 seconds in. Safford pulled up for a deep 3-pointer with 3:13 to go to return the lead to Bates. Woodard scored his eighth straight point for the Ospreys with another hoop underneath for a 59-58 Stockton lead with 2:35 to go, but they would be the Ospreys' final points.

Safford drew a foul and made both of his free throws for a 60-59 Bates lead. Selmon stole the ball from Whitehead, and Selmon was fouled while streaking for the layup. The senior made 1-of-2 free throws for a 61-59 Bates advantage.

Boornazian appeared to deflect a jump shot by Cane, but was not credited with what would be his career-high third block of the game. Marcus Delpeche controlled the resulting loose ball and was fouled but missed both free throws. But at the other end Safford stole the ball from Stockton's Marcus Harmon, and Bates called timeout.

Out of the timeout, Boornazian missed a jump shot, but Marcus Delpeche followed with a perfectly timed tip slam to open up a 64-59 lead with 26 seconds remaining.

The sophomore forward dominated the final half-minute. He rebounded a missed three by Stockton's Armin Cane and was fouled. After making both free throws this time for a 65-59 lead, he swatted away a 3-pointer put up by Whitehead. Boornazian cleaned up the rebound, got fouled and made 1-of-2 free throws for the 66-59 lead. Safford was fouled again with 2.9 seconds to go and made both for the 68-59 final.

The Bobcats broke the team record for wins in a season, surpassing the 20-6 team from 2005-06.

"I'll look at the big picture when the season's finally over and embrace it then," said Furbush. "But there are a lot of firsts going on in this program right now."

Boornazian joins Safford as the 32nd member of Bates' 1,000 career points club.

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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Blue/Gold » Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:42 pm

Very happy for the Bates College men's basketball team!! Tremendous weekend. May make the trip to Hartford, CT.
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby fromthebench » Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:53 am

I echo that sentiment! I remember playing summer league against Coach Furbush back in the day and couldn't be happier for him and the team. If anyone gets the exact time and place, please post! :)
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:31 am

Info on Friday's NCAA Sweet Sixteen game at Babson

LEWISTON, Maine -- Here's the basic info about this Friday's NCAA Sweet Sixteen game between the Bates College men's basketball team and Trinity College:

The Particulars
Who: Bates College Bobcats (21-6) vs. Trinity College Bantams (22-6)
What: NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship, Third Round (Sectional Semifinals)
When: Friday, March 13, 2015; 5:30 p.m.
Where: Staake Gymnasium, Babson College | Babson Park, Mass. (Wellesley)

Tickets: The cost of admission for all games at Babson will be $6 for adults, $3 for students, senior citizens and children 3-12. Tickets will go on sale at 4 p.m. for Friday's games and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Bus from Bates: There will be a student bus going to the game. Details are being finalized.

On Campus: As with the first two tournament games, the game will be shown live in high definition on two screens in the Bobcat Den.

Link to Live Streaming Video

Link to Live Stats

The Other Game: Friday's game is the first of two back-to-back sectional semifinals, to be followed at 7:30pm by Babson (27-2) against Johns Hopkins (25-4). Friday's two winning teams will meet Saturday 7pm at Babson with a Final Four berth at stake.

Bates/Trinity Tournament History: Trinity is in its eighth Division III tournament, and in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1999, while Bates is in its first Division III tournament (and second NCAA tournament appearance, after the 1961 NCAA College Division Tournament team).

Bates/Trinity Last Meeting: Bates men's basketball team's win streak was snapped at four while Trinity won for the 11th time in 12 games, edging the visiting Bobcats 66-59 in a NESCAC game in Hartford on Jan. 16. Bates senior Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) was the leading scorer in the game with a mere 13 points, to go with a game-high six assists, but he was harassed all game long by Trinity's Rick Naylor and Hart Gliedman. Bates senior Adam Philpott (Gloucester, Mass.) added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench. For Trinity, Jaquann Starks notched 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists to lead the Bantams.

Bates' Last Game: Bates outrebounded its opponent by more than 10 boards for the second night in a row, enjoying a 48-34 advantage, as sophomore center Malcolm Delpeche and sophomore forward Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) grabbed 10 rebounds apiece in a 68-59 overtime win over host Stockton University in Galloway, N.J. Malcolm chipped in 17 points and two blocks in his star turn as a Bobcat. Junior Mike Newton (Chapel Hill, N.C.) grabbed a career-high nine rebounds to aid the Bobcat cause. Junior Mike Boornazian (Portland, Conn.) had seven rebounds and scored a game-high 18 points for Bates, netting his 1,000th career point late in regulation time. The junior swingman had 12 points in the first 12 minutes of the game, boosting Bates to a 26-11 lead in that time. Boornazian added a backward tip-in of a miss by Safford to beat the first-half buzzer and send Bates to a 33-23 lead at the break. Safford scored 12 of his 14 points after halftime, and Philpott scored eight points off the bench, making 2-of-4 three-point attempts. Senior Billy Selmon (Atlanta, Ga.) did a stellar defensive work against Stockton's conference player of the year, Josh Blamon, who shot 4-for-14 from the field.

Trinity's Last Game: Junior guard Jaquann Starks (Hartford, Conn.) had a game-high 18 points, including 12 in the second half, in the win over Salisbury on Saturday. Starks made four three-pointers in seven attempts and sank all six of his free throws, while senior tri-captain center George Papadeas (Athens, Greece) and junior forward Shay Ajayi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 12 points apiece. Papadeas also grabbed a game-high seven boards and blocked a shot, while Ajayi grabbed six boards and made three steals. Bantam senior captain Hart Gliedman (New York, N.Y.) and junior guard Andrew Hurd (Windsor, Conn.) dished five assists each, and Hurd added three steals.
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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:17 am

Bates buzzing about men’s basketball
The Bobcats aren't just in the NCAA tournament for the first time, they're in the Sweet 16 after two victories.

LEWISTON — Bates College’s first trip to the men’s NCAA Division III basketball tournament – and the Bobcats’ subsequent two victories – has stoked the interest of former players and other alumni from near and far. “I’ve heard from players from the 1950s right up to last season,” said Coach Jon Furbush. “You win a few games and people become very aware of your basketball program.” Senior guard Graham Safford of Hampden has another slant. “The campus is buzzing,” said Safford, a four-year starter. “Professors have clapped for us when we enter their class and everywhere the team goes on campus, students are congratulating us and excited for the next game.” That next game comes in the Sweet 16 when Bates (21-6) plays Trinity (22-6) at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Babson College in Babson Park, Massachusetts...

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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:02 am

Bates' road to Final Four goes through Boston

By KALLE OAKES.. LEWISTON — It is uncharted territory, but Bates men’s basketball won’t be dealing with unknown quantities in the NCAA Division III sectional round this weekend. The Bobcats collide with NESCAC rival Trinity (Conn.) at 5:30 p.m. Friday in Staake Gymnasium on the campus of Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. Bates and Trinity have met 44 times over the past 68 years, including the Bantams’ 66-59 win Jan. 16 in East Hartford. Bates won’t look beyond that, but if it survives, it would face either No. 4 Babson or No. 15 Johns Hopkins on Saturday night with a berth in the final four at stake. The Bobcats handed the host Beavers one of their two losses this season. “I think we had an advantage in some ways playing these teams that had never seen us play, Bates coach Jon Furbush said. “Scouting is a really big factor in some of these outcomes. Now there’s going to be some familiarity with (Trinity), and them with us.”...

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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:07 am

Last-minute choice paid off for Safford, Bates

...Tournament pressure is only new to Safford at the college level. He starred in high school at Camden Hills, where he helped the Windjammers to a Class B championship in 2009, and Hampden Academy. Basketball provided refuge while Safford’s father, David Hollis, fought a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He succumbed on Christmas 2010. Safford bears a tattoo of a cross and the day of his dad's death on his left bicep. During those challenging days, Safford declined a scholarship offer from Division I Longwood University in Farmville, Va., and signed with Bates. The decision came during the Bobcats’ “early decision” period, but there’s no denying it was a last-second decision, as well. “I didn’t know too much about Bates. I didn’t visit that many times,” Safford said. “I explored all the opportunities it gives academically and athletically, and I thought it was a good fit. I'm glad I'm here." On the court, the fit has been like a custom-made pair of sneakers. Safford has scored 1,232 points, No. 11 on Bates’ all-time list. He leads the New England Small College Athetic Conference in minutes played with 36.6 per game and tops the team in most major statistical categories, averaging 15.7 points, 6.3 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals per contest...

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Re: Bates basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 15, 2015 5:12 am

NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament: Bates battles back but bows to Trinity, 79-62

WELLESLEY, Mass. — Thirty-three percent shooting proficiency didn’t get it done for Bates against Trinity during the regular season. Twenty-nine percent surely wasn’t enough to boost the Bobcats past the Bantams in the third round of the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament. Thrown for a loop by an 11-minute, 36-second field goal drought Friday evening, Bates never fully recovered and succumbed to its New England Small College Athletic Conference rival, 79-62, before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,500 at Staake Gymmasium. Graham Safford overcame a twisted right ankle and knee to amass 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in his final game for Bates (21-7). He rallied the Bobcats from a 15-point deficit to within six, then five, before Trinity (23-6) took off to its third Elite Eight...

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