Late-game heroics fuel Bates men's overtime win over Colby

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Zak Ray '07 forced overtime with nine points in the final 63 seconds of regulation.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Junior guard Zak Ray scored nine points in the final 63 seconds of regulation to force overtime, and the Bates College men's basketball team eked out a 73-69 non-league victory over Colby College in a packed Alumni Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.


Junior forward Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) scored 16 points with eight rebounds for the Bobcats (9-2), who won their sixth consecutive game. Sophomore guard Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Ray (Bangor, Maine) collected 15 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals. The double-doubles were career firsts for both Wholey and Ray.

"What an unbelievable game," said Bates head coach Joe Reilly. "Colby played great. This should be excellent preparation for the NESCAC season. We'll see them again in six days."

Colby junior center Drew Cohen (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) led the White Mules (5-7) with a game-high 17 points and nine blocked shots to go with 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Nick Farrell (Aspen, Colo.) added 14 points, four assists and four steals, while senior forward Nate Dick (North Attleboro, Mass.) and sophomore guard Mark Gaudet (Bingham, Maine) canned 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Ray took over the final minute of regulation to propel the Bobcats (9-2) to a comeback from seven points down.

Shooting only 2-for-10 from the floor to that point, Ray converted a three-point play with 1:03 left in the game to close the gap to 62-58. With 28 seconds remaining, Ray rattled home an improbable 3-point shot from 23 feet out over the reach of Farrell.

Following a pair of free throws by Cohen, Ray pulled up for another 3-pointer from the top of the arc to send the game into overtime.

Bates sophomore guard Pat Halloran (Plymouth, N.H.) hit a 3-pointer in the corner to put Bates ahead 67-65 with 2:57 to play. The teams traded baskets -- a jumper by Colby first-year guard Mackenzie Simpson (Casco, Maine) was followed by an inside hoop by Bates senior center Matt Chudomel (Wellfleet, Mass.), and a layup by Gaudet was answered with a turnaround jumper in the lane by Wholey, which put the Bobcats ahead 71-69 with 59 seconds remaining.

A pair of free throws by Ray helped ice the game for Bates.

Colby led at halftime, 32-27, forcing nine turnovers and inducing Bates into 34.4 percent shooting from the floor, while Cohen, Farrell and Dick combined for 26 points.

There were six lead changes in the second half, but the Mules pulled away as regulation time wore down, holding the Bobcats scoreless over a nearly four-minute period before Ray's last-minute eruption. Gaudet hit a 3-pointer with 3:49 left for a 59-55 lead, then nailed a shot-clock buzzer-beating turnaround jumper to put the Mules ahead by six.

Bates plays at Bowdoin on Friday at 7 p.m. to open its NESCAC league schedule, followed by a NESCAC game against Colby this Saturday at 3 p.m.

BATES COLLEGE 73, COLBY COLLEGE 69

COLBY COLLEGE (5-7)
Drew Cohen 4-15 9-12 17; Nick Farrell 5-16 1-1 14; Nate Dick 5-9 0-1 14; Mark Gaudet 5-7 0-0 12; Mackenzie Simpson 3-5 0-0 8; Preston Decker 1-2 0-0 2; Jon Bandi 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 23-55 12-16 69.

BATES COLLEGE (9-2)
Rob Stockwell 7-14 0-2 16; Bryan Wholey 6-14 0-0 15; Zak Ray 5-14 3-3 15; Pat Halloran 3-8 0-0 9; Scott Place 2-5 0-0 5; Sean Cahill 1-5 2-2 5; Matt Chudomel 2-4 0-0 4; Mark Westhuis 0-1 2-2 2; Sam Taylor 1-3 0-0 2; John Lattimer 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-70 7-9 73.

Colby College.................   32   32    5  -   69

Bates College.................   27   37    9  -   73

3-point goals-Colby College 11-25 (Nate Dick 4-7; Nick Farrell 3-10; Mackenzie Simpson 2-3; Mark Gaudet 2-4; Drew Cohen 0-1), Bates College 12-31 (Bryan Wholey 3-7; Pat Halloran 3-8; Rob Stockwell 2-3; Zak Ray 2-7; Sean Cahill 1-3; Scott Place 1-3). Fouled out--Colby College-None, Bates College-None. Rebounds-Colby College 33 (Drew Cohen 10), Bates College 45 (Bryan Wholey 13). Assists-Colby College 14 (Nick Farrell 4), Bates College 17 (Zak Ray 5). Total fouls-Colby College 13, Bates College 16.