STANDISH, Maine -- Marc Corey scored 27 points to lift host Saint Joseph's College past the Bates men's basketball team, 82-58, in a non-conference game Saturday afternoon.
Bates senior Nick Lynch (Westford, Mass.) paced the Bobcats with 16 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Malik Velmar (Yorktown, Va.) was the only other Bobcat to score in double figures, shooting 3-for-3 from beyond the arc with a career-high 11 points in 13 minutes, all in the second half.
Saint Joseph's (5-2) held the lead for all but the opening possession and took a commanding early lead. With the score tied 8-8 four minutes into play, the hosts launched a 16-2 run to claim a 24-10 advantage with 10:07 before the break.
The Bobcats drew back to within six points (28-22) five minutes later when a jumper by Lynch capped a 12-4 surge at the 5:14 mark, propelled by four Lynch baskets. But Corey netted a pair of three-pointers and Jack Casale added another to help the Monks take a 43-26 cushion into intermission.
St. Joe's led by at least 17 points for the remainder of the afternoon and held a 24-point advantage (59-35) with 13:53 left in the game.
There was a major discrepancy in three-point shooting, as the Monks posted a 52.4% (11-21) performance and the Bobcats made only 13.6% (3-22). Overall, St. Joe's shot 53.8% (28-52) from the floor and Bates was 26-70 (37.1%) from the field.
Corey was 9-13 from the floor, 4-7 from downtown, and 5-6 from the free throw line en route to 27. Darian Berry added 15 points and nine rebounds and Casale contributed 15 points, six rebounds, and three assists. Ian Mileikis added 14 points, four boards and four assists.
Bates travels to Husson on Tuesday for a 7pm tipoff.