Hoops preview: Bates men enter final home weekend

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's basketball team's last NESCAC home games highlights this weekend's Bates sports action. The Bobcats host Connecticut College and Wesleyan University on Saturday afternoon. Both games will be webcast on BatesCast.com and can be listened to later via the BatesCast archive.

The Bates women (12-6, 3-1 NESCAC), meanwhile, have their second straight road weekend with a pair of games at Conn College and Wesleyan. The Wesleyan matchup, beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, will be webcast via the Wesleyan athletics website. Click here to listen in as Bates takes on the NESCAC-leading Cardinals (12-4, 4-0 NESCAC).

Here's a quick look ahead at this weekend's home basketball games:

Bates (15-2, 4-0 NESCAC) vs. Connecticut College (11-7, 1-3 NESCAC)

Tipoff: Friday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m. at Alumni Gym

Webcast: BatesCast.com

Outlook: After impressive wins over conference rivals Middlebury and Williams last weekend, the Bobcats continued on their torrid pace on Tuesday with a win over in-state foe UMaine-Farmington, 82-64, their school-record 12th in a row. Rob Stockwell led the way with a career-high 31 points. The junior forward now is only 13 points shy of the 1,000 career points milestone as he and the rest of the Bobact squad prepare for the sharp-shooting Camels of Connecticut College, who rank first in the NESCAC in 3-point field goal percentage (.420) and second in field goal percentage (.483).

Team Leaders:

Scoring -- Conn College: Charles Stone (15.1 ppg), Jeff Young (12.0), Christian Mosley (9.8), Billy Karis (8.6), Will Lyons (7.1); Bates: Rob Stockwell (16.7), Zak Ray (12.2), Bryan Wholey (11.8), Sean Cahill (6.9), Pat Halloran (6.9).

Rebounding -- Conn College: Charles Stone (7.1 rpg), Jeff Young (5.5), Gabe Patton (3.8); Bates: Rob Stockwell (10.0), Zak Ray (4.8), Bryan Wholey (4.8).

Assists -- Conn College: Jahkeen Washington (3.4 apg), Billy Karis (2.3), Jeff Young (2.0); Bates: Zak Ray (5.5), Sean Cahill (2.4), Rob Stockwell (2.1).

Field Goal Percentage -- Conn College: Malik Brown (1.000), Charles Stone (.571), Sokol Zejnullahu (.527); Bates: Sam Taylor (.617), Thomas Kothe (.571), Matt Chudomel (.500).

3-Point Percentage -- Conn College: Sokol Zajnullahu (1.000), Malik Brown (1.000), David Dimock (.667); Bates: Damon McGinn (1.000), Pat Halloran (.483), Scott Place (.448).

Free Throw Percentage -- Conn College: Zak Harris (1.000), Christian Mosley (.857), Billy Karis (.846); Bates: Scott Place (1.000), Anthony Begon (1.000), Pat Halloran (.833).

Bates (15-2, 4-0 NESCAC) vs. Wesleyan (6-10, 0-4 NESCAC)

Tipoff: Saturday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m. at Alumni Gym

Webcast: BatesCast.com

Outlook: Wesleyan defeated Bates in these teams’ last meeting, 54-52, nearly a year ago to the day (Jan. 29, 2005). The Cardinals are struggling lately, with five straight losses heading into this weekend. But they were a year ago, too, suffering three straight losses before upsetting the Bobcats in Connecticut. A trio of players lead the Cardinals in scoring, all between 11 and 12 points per game: Nick Pelletier, Jimmy Shepherd and Jared Ashe.

Team Leaders:

Scoring -- Wesleyan: Nick Pelletier (12.0 ppg), Jimmy Shepherd (11.7), Jared Ashe (11.0), Blake Curry (9.2), Doug Rubenstein (4.6); Bates: Rob Stockwell (16.7), Zak Ray (12.2), Bryan Wholey (11.8), Sean Cahill (6.9), Pat Halloran (6.9).

Rebounding -- Wesleyan: Nick Pelletier (7.2 rpg), Jared Ashe (6.5), Blake Curry (5.4); Bates: Rob Stockwell (10.0), Zak Ray (4.8), Bryan Wholey (4.8).

Assists -- Wesleyan: Jared Ashe (4.5 apg), Blake Curry (1.1), Doug Rubenstein (1.1); Bates: Zak Ray (5.5), Sean Cahill (2.4), Rob Stockwell (2.1).

Field Goal Percentage -- Wesleyan: Gabe Gonzalez-Kreisberg (.556), Jonathan Sargent (.500), Ari King (.500); Bates: Sam Taylor (.617), Thomas Kothe (.571), Matt Chudomel (.500).

3-Point Percentage -- Wesleyan: Ari King (.500), Jimmy Shepherd (.410), Nick Pelletier (.333); Bates: Damon McGinn (1.000), Pat Halloran (.483), Scott Place (.448).

Free Throw Percentage -- Wesleyan: Eric Winters (.733), Doug Rubenstein (.680), Jimmy Shepherd (.667), Mike Raymond (.667); Bates: Scott Place (1.000), Anthony Begon (1.000), Pat Halloran (.833).