BANGOR, Maine — Bates College shot 63 percent from the field Tuesday night and placed five players in double figures, knocking Husson University from the unbeaten ranks with a 79-58 men’s basketball victory at Newman Gym.
Former Hampden Academy standout Graham Safford scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out seven assists to spark the Bobcats of Lewiston (10-6). Luke Matarazzo contributed 14 points, five assists and two steals and Mike Boornazian tallied 13 points.
Malcolm Delpeche (6 rebounds, 5 blocked shots) and Adam Philpott added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Brooks Spaulding headed the offense for Husson (13-1) with 14 points and six rebounds. Trevon Butler netted 11 points and Phil Leighton chipped in with 10 points.
At Waterville, the Mules amassed a 52-31 rebounding advantage behind 10 from Chris Hudnut, who tossed in a team-best 25 points, in beating the Terriers.
Connor O’Neil registered 12 points, four steals and three assists for 8-7 Colby, Sam Willson provided 12 points and seven rebounds, and Ryan Jann added 11 points and seven boards.
Garen Manzo poured in a game-high 27 points to lead Thomas (5-9). Stanley Greene Jr. contributed 16 points, four assists and four steals.
At Merrill Gym in Brunswick, the Polar Bears staked themselves to an 18-point halftime bulge on the way to victory.
John Swords posted a double-double to spark Bowdoin (14-1) with 20 points and 13 rebounds, along with four blocked shots. Keegan Pieri (6 rebounds, 3 assists) and Lucas Hausman netted 11 points each for the hosts, while Matt Mathias (7 assists, 3 steals) and Andrew Madlinger tallied 10 points each.
Chase Vicaire led the University of Maine-Presque Isle (7-7) with 14 points and three steals. Michael Warner scored 11 points, Thiago Conceicao netted 10 and Sean Manganti chipped in with nine points and four steals.
DeAndre Daniels had a career-high 31 points to go with 12 rebounds and Shabazz Napier notched 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists as the host Huskies won an American Athletic Conference game.
Daniels and Napier combined to go 20-of-33 from the field and 9-of-14 from 3-point range for the Huskies (15-4, 3-3), who were without starter Ryan Boatright. Niels Giffey had 11 points, five rebounds and three steals and Lasan Kromah provided seven points and eight rebounds.
Will Cummings scored 20 points in his return from a two-game absence for the Owls (5-12, 0-6), who have lost seven straight games. Anthony Lee had 14 points and Dalton Pepper and Quenton DeCosey contributed 12 points apiece.
Nothing the Owls did in the first half could match the Huskies, who made seven 3-pointers and scored almost at will on the inside. Trailing 11-9 with four minutes gone by, Connecticut went on runs of 9-0 and 14-0 over the next eight minutes to lead 32-16 before settling for a 48-34 advantage at intermission.
Daniels hit a pair of 3-pointers and Napier and Giffey had one each as the Huskies opened the second half with a 13-2 run, which all but ended any hopes of a comeback. The Owls got to within 14 points on two occasions, including 73-59 with eight minutes left, but Daniels and Napier were too much down the stretch.
At Newman Gym in Bangor, the Mules built an eight-point halftime edge and made it stand up.
Desi Smith’s 15 points and eight rebounds led 6-11 Colby College of Waterville. Carylanne Wolfington scored 11 points and Brooke Chandor provided 10 points and six rebounds.
Katie Brochu paced 6-7 Husson University of Bangor with eight points and eight rebounds and Denae Johnson contributed six points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists.
Husson outrebounded Colby 48-39 but the Mules made seven 3-pointers.