Men's basketball has big first half in setback

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: December 8, 2012
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Connor O'Neil had 12 points Saturday. (Dustin Satloff Photography)

LEWISTON, Maine --- The Colby College men's basketball team opened up a lead of 16 points in the first two minutes of the second half, but Bates College fought back for a 67-57 win against the Mules on Saturday at Alumni Gym.

Colby, which played at Bowdoin College on Friday night, fell to 2-6 overall. Bates did not play a game Friday and moved to 4-5 overall. This game did not count toward the league standings.

First-year center Chris Hudnut finished with a team-high 13 points, grabbed five rebounds, and had a game-high four blocked shots for Colby. Connor O'Neil shot 3-for-7 from 3-point range and added 12 points for the Mules. Sam Willison added nine points, Shane Rogers scored eight and dished four assists, and Danny Chase finished with seven boards and seven points.

The Mules, despite the road game Friday night, came out strong and led 36-21 at halftime. Colby held Bates to just 29 percent (10-for-35) from the field and no made 3-pointers in 10 attempts. 

The second half started out promising when Colby's Patrick Stewart nailed a 3-point shot with 18:38 to play for a 39-23 Colby lead. The next three minutes doomed the Mules, with Bates battling back with a 12-0 scoring run to cut the deficit to 39-35.

The Mules recovered somewhat over the next few minutes and pulled ahead 45-36 on a 3-point shot by O'Neil with 13:25 remaining.

Bates guard Luke Matarazzo took over the game from that point, with 11 of his game-high 27 points over the next three minutes to help the Bobcats take the lead for good at 47-46.

Bates opened up a 53-46 lead with 6:27 to play and extended the margin to 60-49 with 4:14 left. Colby would get no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

The Mules came into the game with a rebounding advantage over the opponent this season, but Bates had a 47-32 margin in the game. The Bobcats had 16-8 margin in offensive rebounds. After going 0-for-10 from 3-point range in the first half, Bates made six of its 10 3-point shots in the second half.

Colby is off now until taking on the host school in the Springfield College Invitational on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 5:30 p.m.

BATES 67, COLBY 57
COLBY (2-6)
Chris Hudnut 5-12 2-3 13; Connor O'Neil 4-10 1-2 12; Sam Willson 3-10 2-2 9;
Shane Rogers 1-4 6-10 8; Danny Chase 3-8 0-0 7; Patrick Stewart 1-2 1-2 4;
Ryan Jann 1-6 0-0 3; Luke Westman 0-1 1-2 1; Gordon Fischer 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 18-54 13-21 57.
BATES (4-5)
Luke Matarazzo 8-13 8-8 27; Graham Safford 3-9 7-8 14; Mark Brust 4-11 1-1
10; Ed Bogdanovich 2-10 1-2 5; Sean Cunningham 2-4 0-0 4; Billy Selmon 1-4
0-0 3; Mike Boornazian 1-4 0-0 2; Taylor Gartley 0-1 2-2 2; John Murphy 0-3
0-0 0; Derek Murphy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-60 19-21 67.
Colby......................... 36 21  - 57
Bates......................... 21 46  - 67
3-point goals-Colby 8-30 (Connor O'Neil 3-7; Patrick Stewart 1-2; Chris
Hudnut 1-4; Danny Chase 1-1; Sam Willson 1-8; Ryan Jann 1-5; Gordon Fischer
0-1; Luke Westman 0-1; Shane Rogers 0-1), Bates 6-20 (Luke Matarazzo 3-6;
Graham Safford 1-3; Billy Selmon 1-3; Mark Brust 1-3; John Murphy 0-3; Mike
Boornazian 0-1; Sean Cunningham 0-1). Fouled out--Colby-Patrick Stewart,
Bates-None. Rebounds-Colby 32 (Danny Chase 7), Bates 47 (Ed Bogdanovich 8).
Assists-Colby 14 (Shane Rogers 4), Bates 8 (Luke Matarazzo 3). Total
fouls-Colby 18, Bates 12. A-608

 


 
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