LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior captain Nick Lynch matched his career-high with 25 points and junior Jeff Spellman dished out a career-high 10 assists but the Bates men's basketball team fell 100-93 Friday night to the Middlebury Panthers at Alumni Gymnasium.
It's the most points Bates (4-11, 1-2 NESCAC) has scored in a loss since 2009. The Panthers (12-4, 2-1 NESCAC) made 17-33 threes on the night, including 10 in the first half. Max Bosco scored a game-high 28 points to pace Middlebury. Jack Farrell finished with 20 points and Matt Folger added 14. Bosco and Farrell both made 4-6 from three-point range.
Lynch (Westford, Mass.) recorded a double-double with his 25 points and game-high 11 rebounds. Spellman (Boston, Mass.) also finished with a double-double, scoring 11 points to go along with his 10 assists. Junior Kody Greenhalgh (West Warwick, R.I.) scored a career-high 18 points, making a game-high five three-pointers on eight attempts. Junior Tom Coyne (Falmouth, Maine) added 17 points and senior captain Brandon Galloway (Fort Washington, Md.) scored a career-high 12 on 4-7 shooting. The Bobcats made 15 of their 29 three-pointers on the night.
The Bobcats took a five-point lead over the Panthers when Greenhalgh hit a three with 13:55 left in the first half. Folger and Bosco responded with back-to-back jumpers to trim the Bates edge to 17-16 with 12:59 remaining.
A Lynch layup with 3:31 left in the first half put Bates up 39-37 but a Farrell three gave Middlebury the lead for good with 3:07 to go. A Lynch layup cut the Bates deficit to 43-41 with 1:59 left. Then the Panthers ended the first half on an 8-0 run, with threes from Griffin Kornaker and Bosco keying the surge.
Down 51-41 at the half, Bates pulled to within six on a layup from first-year Andrew Snoddy (Stow, Mass.) with 18:37 remaining in the game. But that's as close as the Bobcats got down the stretch, as Farrell answered right away on the other end to extend the Panther lead to 57-48. Spellman made a layup to cut the deficit to 57-50 before Hilal Dahleh hit a three to put the Panthers back up by 10 with 17:29 left.
A Galloway three with 16:06 remaining made the score 60-53 but every time the Bobcats scored in the second half, the Panthers had the answer. This time Farrell hit a three on the other end to put Middlebury up by 10 again.
Most of the night was a back-and-forth affair, with Bates trimming the Middlebury lead to eight with 5:55 remaining on a Lynch layup. But the Panthers went on a 6-0 run before Coyne hit a three with 3:15 left to make the score 88-77 in favor of Middlebury.
The Bobcats didn't get to within single digits again until sophomore James Mortimer (Sudbury, Mass.) hit a three with 1:02 remaining in the game.
Bates only turned the ball over seven times on Friday and the Bobcats scored 16 points off Middlebury's 11 turnovers. The game proved to be very even statistically, with the Panthers shooting an even 50 percent from the field to Bates' 48.6%. Both teams made more than half their three-point attempts. The Panthers iced the game at the line down the stretch, making 17-22 free throws overall.
Bates looks to get back on the winning track when the Bobcats host Williams Saturday at 3pm.