Men's basketball shoots the lights out in second half, tops Salem State 93-73

Kody Greenhalgh led Bates with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 93-73 victory at Salem State University on Nov. 25, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

SALEM, Mass. -- The Bates men's basketball team pulled away from host Salem State with a 20-5 run in the second half, shooting a lights-out 20-for-30 (66.7 percent) from the field in the second period en route to a 93-73 non-conference victory on Sunday afternoon.

Junior Kody Greenhalgh scored a team-high 17 points and added five rebounds and five assists while first-year Andrew Snoddy and junior Jeff Spellman combined for 31 points and 13 rebounds. The Bobcats improve to 1-2 on the year while the Vikings slip to 2-4.

Sean Bryan and Hakeem Animashaun each had 22 points for Salem State, while Animashaun secured a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Vikings built a 43-40 halftime lead behind 15 points from Animashaun and 14 points by Bryan. The game remained close over the first ten minutes of action before Greenhalgh (Warwick, R.I) sparked Bates with seven first-half points off the bench, and his layup at the 7:59 mark gave the Bobcats a 24-19 lead.

Trailing by six, Animashaun converted a layup and free throw to cut the deficit in half before Bryan tied the game with his only three-pointer as the Vikings closed the first on a 15-6 run. Bryan put the Vikings on top with a three-point play in the final seconds while Bates missed on the front end of a one-and-one with less than a second on the clock that would have drew the Bobcats closer.

Spellman (Boston, Mass.) led Bates with nine first-half points as Bates converted on 48.6% (17-35) of its field goal attempts. The Vikings shot 50% (15-30) from the floor, but the two teams combined went just 5-23 (21.7%) from behind the arc.

Five straight points by sophomore James Mortimer (Sudbury, Mass.) broke open a close game, giving Bates a 62-55 lead with 10:38 remaining in the second half. Salem State came back with a 6-0 spurt, to pull within a point at 62-61.

But the Vikings managed just five points over a five-minute span, as the Bobcats increased their lead to 82-66 with 3:11 left. Mortimer began Bates' 20-5 run with a layup, which was followed by consecutive threes by Greenhalgh and senior Brandon Galloway (Fort Washington, Md.). Greenhalgh made a steal and converted a layup on a pass from Snoddy with 6:36 left, prompting a Salem State timeout with the Bates lead at 72-61.

Mortimer and Greenhalgh then sandwiched a 3-pointer by Salem State's Tyreik McCauley with threes of their own for a 78-66 lead, and Mortimer assisted Spellman on a layup for an 80-66 edge. A putback by Snoddy made it 82-66.

Greenhalgh had 10 points after halftime, going 4-of-6 from the field, while Mortimer had 12 points on 4-5 shooting after the break to end with 14.

A Snoddy (Stow, Mass.) dunk gave Bates its largest lead of game, 89-69 with just over a minute remaining, and the Bobcats settled for a 20-point victory.

Spellman finished the game with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Junior Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine) also tallied five assists. Mortimer tallied 14 points and senior Max Hummel (Glastonbury, Conn.) added 10.

The Vikings were just 11-28 (39.3%) from the field in the second half and committed 19 turnovers, with 11 coming after halftime.

Bates stays on the road Monday to play at the University of New England, with a 7pm tipoff.