Bates men bounce Eastern Connecticut for Tip-Off Tourney title

Junior forward Rob Stockwell was named tournament MVP.


WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- Junior Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) scored 26 points and was named the tournament MVP as Bates defeated Eastern Connecticut State 75-57 to win the Eastern Connecticut Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday.

It is the fifth straight year the Bobcats have won their season-opening tournament., and it is Eastern's first loss in its tournament since 2002. 

"I'm really proud of that, to be honest," said Bates head coach Joe Reilly. "NESCAC teams get started a little later on practicing (Nov. 1), and to be able to open the season playing that well is good for us."

Bates (2-0) led 32-28 at halftime, then outscored the Warriors (1-1) 21-6 over the first 10 minutes of the second half to pull away.

"We've played with a lot of balance, with a lot of guys contributing, and both games have been very good defensive games for us," said Reilly.

Senior guard Sean Cahill (Worcester, Mass.) scored 10 points with four assists and four rebounds, and was the only other Bobcat to score in double figures. Cahill, Stockwell and sophomore guard Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) were all named to the all-tournament team, in addition to Eastern's Shiwon Davis and Leon Martin, and Luis Martinez of William Paterson University.

Wholey scored eight points against Eastern Connecticut. Senior center Matt Chudomel led the Bobcats in rebounds with eight. Junior guard Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine) had six assists, three steals and five rebounds in addition to his five points.

For the Warriors, Davis had 17 points and three steals, junior Matt Albon recorded 15 points and forwards Eric Johnson and Kevin Zalucki each had six points.

Bates plays at the University of Southern Maine Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.