BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Senior center Nick Lynch tallied 25 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots in 22 minutes, while junior guard Jeff Spellman added 19 points and nine rebounds as the Bates men's basketball team pulled away from a 49-49 halftime score to win 104-84 at the University of New England on Monday night.
Bates (2-2) shot the ball exceptionally well for the the second game in as many days, finishing the game with a .562 field goal percentage, including a .656 mark on two-point shots. The Bobcats made 25-of-37 field goal attempts in the second half (.676), even while missing all five of their three-point attempts.
The Bobcats outscored the Nor'easters (1-4) 74-22 in the paint.
It's the second meeting in a row between the teams in which Bates has passed the 100-point mark against the Nor'easters, who have adopted a run-and-gun style of play in that time. Bates defeated UNE 107-103 at home on Nov. 26, 2017.
Playing extended minutes for the first time since a preseason injury, Lynch (Westford, Mass.) made 10-of-12 shots from the floor and 5-of-6 free throws for the highest-scoring game of his career. Spellman made 9-of-13 shots from the floor (.692) as he recorded season highs in points and rebounds, adding four assists to the cause.
Junior Kody Greenhalgh (Warwick, R.I.) posted 12 points with five assists and two steals. Also hitting double figures for the second straight day was sophomore James Mortimer (Sudbury, Mass.) with 11 points to go with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Junior Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine) added 11 points and first-year Andrew Snoddy (Stow, Mass.) posted seven points, five assists and five rebounds.
Drew Muniz scored 12 points for UNE while Ryan Beatty and Drake Gavin added 11 apiece.
Bates led 22-16 halfway through the first period, then UNE responded with a 10-0 run to pull ahead 26-22. Avery DeBrito's layup with 6:55 to go in the half gave the hosts their largest lead of the game at 35-25. Bates rallied to tie the game on a pair of free throws by Gilpin with eight seconds left in the half, completing a 24-14 run, with Greenhalgh scoring seven points in the final six minutes and Lynch adding six.
First-year Kenny Aruwajoye's (Owo, Nigeria) jumper with 17:51 to go in the second half gave Bates the lead for good at 53-51. The Bobcats maintained a close lead at 70-66 after a Debrito layup before gradually pulling away from the Nor'easters. Spellman's tip-in and a pair of free throws by Snoddy made it 74-66 at the halfway point of the period. Greenhalgh's rebound and assist to Gilpin for a layup gave Bates its first double-digit lead with 9:44 to go.
Gilpin and Spellman combined to score Bates' next nine points as the lead grew to 83-66, then a layup and a dunk by Lynch provided an exclamation point for the Bobcats with an 87-69 lead with seven minutes remaining. UNE couldn't get Bates' lead under 13 points the rest of the way.
The Bobcats play their third straight non-conference road game Wednesday at 7pm at Babson College.