|Bates College||Amherst College|
AMHERST, Mass. — Jayde Dawson scored a game-high 27 points, pouring in 19 in the second half to lead No. 11 nationally ranked Amherst to a 74-65 win over the Bates men’s basketball team Friday night.
Senior Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) tallied yet another double-double for Bates, pouring in a team-high 17 points and grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds. Senior co-captain Jerome Darling (Hartford, Conn.) and first-year Jeff Spellman (Boston, Mass.) both chipped in 10 points for the Bobcats.
Meanwhile Johnny McCarthy provided plenty of support for Dawson with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
The Purple & White (15-4, 6-2 NESCAC) outscored Bates (15-7, 4-4 NESCAC) 41-27 in the second half to take command of the game.
The Bobcats led 58-51 with 8:32 remaining in the contest after senior Quin Leary (Auburn, Maine) made a layup.
But over the next six-plus minutes, Amherst went on a devastating 13-0 run to take a 64-58 lead with 2:07 to go in regulation. Their hot streak featured two Michael Riopel threes, including his triple that put them ahead for good with 6:45 left.
Bates never made their move after falling down six. In fact, Amherst went up by as many as 13 with 45 seconds to go before Bates chopped it down to nine by the end of regulation.
Dawson made 9 of 10 free throws down the stretch in the second half to sink Bates.
Both teams’ luck from outside changed completely from the first half to the second half.
In the first half, Bates drained six threes in 14 attempts while Amherst only managed to make one three in nine attempts. Consequently, Bates led 38-33 at halftime.
In the second half, Bates missed all seven threes they attempted while Amherst drained six of their 14 threes.
Foul trouble also plagued Bates, with senior Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) chalking up four fouls while only scoring four points. Marcus Delpeche eventually fouled out but still managed to lead the Bobcats in scoring on the night.
The Bobcats went up by four with 14:01 to go in the first half when senior Max Eaton (St. Petersburg, Fla.) hit a three. The Purple & White took a 14-13 lead on an Eric Sellew layup with 10:23 left in the first before first-year Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine) responded with a layup of his own.
With the score tied at 22, Darling hit a three with 5:37 to go in the half and junior Justin Zukowski (Portland, Maine) followed that up with a three of his own, putting Bates up six with 4:50 left in the first.
Gilpin extended the lead to seven with a jumper with 20 seconds left before Amherst answered at the buzzer, putting Bates up five at the break.
A Dawson layup with 13:55 to go in the game cut the Bobcat lead to three, but Bates proceeded to go on a quick 6-0 run, giving them their biggest lead of the game at 52-43 with 12:18 to go on a Marcus Delpeche layup.
They kept the Purple & White at arm’s length until the fateful 13-0 run cost the Bobcats the game.