|Zak Ray scored a game- and season-high 24 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists.|
LEWISTON, Maine — Junior guard Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine) scored a career-high 24 points and added nine rebounds and five assists to lead the Bates College men’s basketball team to a decisive 88-62 victory over NESCAC rival Bowdoin College in a non-league contest Tuesday night.
"Zak had a great game. He does it all for us," said Bates head coach Joe Reilly. "He's one of those few special players that can score 24 points or just a handful of points and still dominate a game."
The Bobcats (6-2) jumped out to a 21-6 lead early in the first half with two 3-pointers by Ray and one apiece from Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) and Sean Cahill (Worcester, Mass.). They extended their lead to 22 points before intermission and held the Polar Bears (6-2) at bay throughout the second half.
Bowdoin closed the gap to 12 at 51-39, but a 3-pointer by Pat Halloran (Plymouth, N.H.) sparked a 13-4 run by Bates over a two-minute span to regain a comfort level.
Bates outrebounded Bowdoin by a 46-31 margin, led by Matt Chudomel’s (Wellfleet, Mass.) 10 boards in just 16 minutes.
Joining Ray in double-figure scoring were sophomore Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) with 12 points, Stockwell with 11, and Halloran with 11.
Sophomore Andrew Hippert (Spencer, Mass.) led Bowdoin with 15 points, followed by Kevin Bradley (12), Kyle Petrie (11) and Andrew Sargeantson (10). Petrie also grabbed 10 rebounds.
Bowdoin shot only 35.9 percent from the floor, including 3-of-19 (15.8 percent) on 3-pointers. Bates registered a field goal percentage of 40.3, but was more successful behind the arc (11-32, 34.4 percent).
"I thought we had a great defensive effort tonight, and we had a lot of production from the bench," said Reilly. "That's what we're going to need during the NESCAC season."
Bates is off until Jan.1, when it plays Trinity University at Springfield College's Naismith Classic.