Babson pulls away late from Spellman, Bates

Jeff Spellman led Bates with 18 points and 12 rebounds in a loss at Babson on Nov. 28, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Babson College pulled away from a tie game with under six minutes remaining to defeat the Bates College men's basketball team 75-65 on Wednesday night, ending the Bobcats' two-game win streak.

Junior guard Jeff Spellman (Boston, Mass.) had a game-high 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Bobcats (2-3), while senior Max Hummel (Glastonbury, Conn.) added a season-high 16 points on 6-9 shooting, making 3-of-5 from three-point territory.

The host Beavers (4-2) turned the ball over only three times in the game.

Bates first-year forward Andrew Snoddy (Stow, Mass.) and senior center Nick Lynch (Westford, Mass.) grabbed eight rebounds apiece and combined for 13 points.

Bates trailed for all but the first two minutes of the first half, and fell behind by as much as 13 (31-18) with 4:27 left to go. Hummel brought the Bobcats within eight points with a 3-pointer, then added a jumper, a blocked shot and another three to draw within three points with 1:12 left. Babson closed out the half with five in a row for a 40-32 lead at the break.

Bates took over the lead for the first time in the game with 16:18 left, scoring the first 11 points of the second half with buckets by Snoddy, Lynch, Spellman and junior Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine), followed by another Hummel three.

The teams went back and forth over the next 11 minutes until Babson made a decisive run, scoring four unanswered baskets for a 71-63 lead with 2:46 to go. A pair of free throws by Spellman cut the deficit to six but the Beavers responded with a layup by Brandon Johnson at the 2:09 mark and a layup by Frank Oftring with 1:14 to go to off a Johnson block to ice the win.

Johnson and Oftring scored 17 points apiece to pace Babson, with Johnson adding 10 rebounds. Colin Bradanese contributed 10 points.

Bates next plays at St. Joseph's College of Maine Saturday at 3pm.