Bryan Wholey scored a team-high tying 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting.
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's basketball team put on its track shoes and downed visiting Thomas College 97-68 on Monday night, handing the visiting Terriers a loss in their season opener.
The Bobcats (3-1) scored the game's first 11 points in a span of 2 minutes and 29 seconds en route to a 60-25 lead by halftime, then led by as many as 40 points in the second half for a quick-paced yet easy victory.
Sophomore guard Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) and junior forward Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) each scored 17 points to pace the Bobcats, while playing for only 19 and 20 minutes, respectively. Junior Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine) scored 14 points with a game-high eight assists, and first-year guard Scott Place (Bridgewater, Mass.) added 15 points in just 14 minutes of action to round out the hosts' double-figure scorers.
Junior forward Ryan Conrad (Augusta, Maine) scored a game-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor for the Terriers (0-1), who took 84 shots from the floor to Bates' 81 but at only a 32.1 percent clip, including 2-of-21 (9.5 percent) from beyond the three-point line.
Senior forward James Godley (East Grand, Maine) added 12 points and five steals for Thomas, and senior guard Dan Grappi (Georgetown, Mass.) handed out seven assists along with six steals and six points.
Bates outrebounded Thomas by a 52-33 margin, and shot 45.7 percent from the floor, including 12-of-28 (42.9 percent) behind the arc. Wholey was 4-for-5 on 3-pointers and Place was 3-for-7.
Bates head coach Joe Reilly gave extended playing time to his reserve players, and they took advantage. Junior forward Sam Taylor (Redwood City, Calif.) had nine points and a game-high eight rebounds in 16 minutes, while sophomore guard Pat Halloran (Plymouth, N.H.) collected eight points, four rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes.
Bates plays at Endicott College on Wednesday night, before playing a weekend tournament at Husson College. Thomas plays at UMaine-Farmington on Wednesday.