STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- First-year Andrew Snoddy scored a career-high 21 points but the Bates men's basketball team could not recover from a slow start in a 95-80 loss at the College of Staten Island to open the 17th Annual Tournament of Heroes on Friday.
The Bobcats (2-8) never led, falling behind by a score of 7-0 less than two minutes in and the Dolphins (5-6) never looked back, leading by as many as 21 on their way to the win.
Four different Dolphins scored in double figures, led by Adeola Latunji who scored a game-high 23. Christian Taylor tallied a double-double with 20 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Stephen Flagg also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Snoddy (Stow, Mass.) paced Bates by shooting 8-9 from the field and making all five of his free throws. Three other Bobcats finished in double figures as well, with junior Jeff Spellman (Boston, Mass.) scoring 13 points, senior captain Nick Lynch (Westford, Mass.) adding 12 and junior Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine) turning in one of his signature balanced performances: 10 points, a team-high six rebounds and a team-high five assists.
But two statistical categories stand out from Friday's game: three-point shooting and rebounding. The Dolphins finished 11-20 (55%) from three while Bates struggled, shooting just 5-22 (22.7%) from downtown. Meanwhile Bates got beat on the boards by a count of 46-31.
Bates outscored the Dolphins by a count of 52-51 in a high-scoring second half, but Staten Island had already built a comfortable lead by that point, taking a 44-28 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Snoddy came alive in the second half, scoring 19 points in 12 minutes of playing time. He has now finished in double figures four times in his rookie season. His 21 points on Friday surpasses his previous high water mark of 17 points at Maine Maritime on November 18. Snoddy also grabbed three rebounds and recorded two steals against the Dolphins.
Junior Tom Coyne (Falmouth, Maine) made his season debut on Friday, finishing with nine points on 3-6 shooting in 16 minutes off the bench.
Bates takes on Gwynedd Mercy Saturday in the consolation game of the Tournament of Heroes. Tip is set for 1pm.