|Bates College||Brandeis University|
WALTHAM, Mass. — Senior Jerome Darling scored 20 points and freshman Jeff Spellman added 13, career highs for both players, as the Bates men’s basketball team won its fourth straight in a 73-66 decision at Brandeis University on Tuesday.
Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) scored 12 points and blocked three shots while senior Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) added seven points, nine rebounds and four assists, as the Bobcats (9-3) won their final tuneup before league play begins this weekend in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Darling (Hartford, Conn.) shot 6-for-13 from behind the three-point line as the Bobcats attempted a season-high 32 threes, hitting on 14 of them. Spellman (Boston, Mass.), playing in only his second collegiate game, shot 5-7 overall and 3-4 from behind the arc. Since his return from injury, he has scored 22 points in 31 minutes of action.
First-year guard Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine) turned in another solid starting performance with six points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Robinson Vilmont led the host Judges (3-6) with 17 points. Carlin Haymon added 11 off the bench and Nate Meehan scored 10 points.
The game went back and forth most of the way, with nine ties and nine lead changes. But a 14-2 Bates run late in the second half allowed the Bobcats to hold off the Judges for the win.
Bates opened the game with a 12-3 run in the first five minutes, capped by a three by sophomore Max Hummel (Glastonbury, Conn.) and sparked by back-to-back threes by Darling. Brandeis outscored Bates 21-8 over the next 10 minutes to assume a 24-20 lead on a pair of free throws by Jack Fay. Darling’s fourth 3-pointer of the half tied the game at 30-30 and the score remained there going into halftime.
Other than a Spellman three which gave Bates a four-point lead with 10:57 left in the game, the margin between the teams stayed at three points or less for the first 15 minutes of the second half. Brandeis responded with an 8-3 run, including six points by Vilmont, with a second three by Spellman representing Bates’ only points in the six-minute stretch. Vilmont made a pair of free throws to give Brandeis its final lead at 53-52 with 6:30 to go.
With 5:02 left, Darling kicked off Bates’ decisive run with a three, assisted by Spellman. Marcus Delpeche added a pair of free throws and assisted senior Quin Leary (Auburn, Maine) on a layup for a 59-55 Bates lead with 3:55 left, and Spellman sliced through the lane for a layup and a 61-55 lead, prompting a Brandeis timeout with 3:21 to go.
Out of the timeout, Brandeis missed two shots at cutting the margin, and Hummel made the Judges pay with a three. Spellman then stole the ball from Tim Reale and returned it for a layup to open up a 66-55 lead at the 1:44 mark.
A three by Haymon with 52 seconds remaining gave Brandeis a last glimmer of hope, cutting the deficit to 66-60. But Darling was fouled and made both free throws, and two final threes by the Judges in the last 12 seconds were offset by a pair of dunks by Malcolm Delpeche, both assisted by Darling, in the final 33 seconds as the Bobcats sealed the victory.