LEWISTON, Maine -- David Reynolds scored a game-high 25 points and the Bowdoin College Polar Bears defeated the Bates men's basketball team 80-59 Thursday night in non-conference action at Alumni Gymnasium.
Bates (2-6) struggled offensively, with no Bobcats scoring in double figures against Bowdoin (5-3) on Thursday. Sophomore James Mortimer (Sudbury, Mass.) and senior captain Brandon Galloway (Fort Washington, Md.) paced the Bobcats with nine points each. First-year Kenny Aruwajoye (Owo, Nigeria) added a career-high eight points, grabbing three rebounds and two assists along the way.
Bowdoin's offense clicked most of the night, with Reynolds leading the way. The Polar Bears shot 47.8% from the field to Bates' 39.3%. Bowdoin also out-rebounded the Bobcats by a count of 45-27. Jack Bors tallied 15 points off the bench. Jack Simonds added 13 points and Zavier Rucker scored 11 for Bowdoin. The Polar Bears' Hugh O'Neil only scored five points but he grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Bobcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to junior Jeff Spellman (Boston, Mass.) who hit a three to open the game and followed that up with a jumper from the elbow to give Bates its biggest lead of the game.
Simonds answered with a three. Then after senior captain Nick Lynch (Westford, Mass.) split a pair of free throws, Reynolds hit a three to tie the game at six. First-year Andrew Snoddy (Stow, Mass.) converted an old fashioned three-point play to put Bates up 9-6 with 15:31 remaining in the first half. Simonds answered with another three and Aruwajoye put Bates up two with a layup.
But Stephen Ferraro's layup with 14:38 left in the first half tied the game at 11 and Bates didn't lead again. On Bates' next possession, Ferraro stole the ball and went coast-to-coast for the layup to put Bowdoin ahead for good.
Leading 15-13, the Polar Bears extended their lead to eight with 10:32 remaining in the first half when Bors and Sam Grad hit threes.
Galloway answered with a three of his own, only to see Bowdoin go on a quick 4-0 run. The Bobcats got to within six again on a Mortimer layup but the Polar Bears closed the half on an 11-3 run to take a 38-24 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Bates never seriously challenged Bowdoin in the second half, with Lynch getting the Bobcats to within 11 early in the half on a jumper. But that's as close as the Bobcats got down the stretch.
Bowdoin did a lot of damage down low on the evening, outscoring Bates 40-26 in the paint.
The Bobcats are back in action Saturday when they host the Colby College Mules at 3pm.