MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Bates men’s basketball team was held to 50 points, tying for the season lowest total, as No. 14 nationally ranked Wesleyan defeated the Bobcats 68-50 Friday night.
Jordan Bonner scored 19 points and JR Bascom added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the host Cardinals (15-4, 4-2 NESCAC), who outrebounded Bates 53-26 and outscored Bates 34-14 in the paint. Jordan Sears also scored 10 points.
Sophomore Jeff Spellman (Boston, Mass.) scored a team-high 10 points for Bates (9-10, 2-4 NESCAC), which put 15 players into game action. Junior Nick Lynch (Westford, Mass.) supplied eight points, six rebounds and three blocks. First-year guard Malik Velmar (Yorktown, Va.) scored a season-high seven points in eight minutes.
The Cardinals came out hot to start the game and scored eight unanswered points in the first 2:53 of play. Bates was held scoreless until the 16:51 mark, when a 3-pointer by Spellman put the Bobcats on the board.
The visitors got within three, 13-10, but Wesleyan went on a 7-0 run capped off by a three from Antone Walker with 10:52 on the clock to go ahead by 10.
Ahead 27-17, the Cardinals went on another run, scoring 10 straight to take a 20-point lead with 1:29 remaining.
Spellman hit a jumper with 0:53 on the clock to cut the deficit to 18 as Wesleyan took a 37-19 lead heading into the break.
Wesleyan continued to increase its lead in the second half and a layup by Jordan James with 15:36 remaining put the home team ahead by 25 (48-23).
Minutes later, the Cardinals went on a 6-0 run to go ahead by 28 with 9:18 left.
A three-pointer by Velmar in the final minute proved to be the final basket as Wesleyan claimed the decisive 18-point victory.
Nathan Krill ’18 joined Bascom with 10 rebounds while Sears and Bonner each pulled in eight. Sears, who was a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor, also dished out three assists and recorded two steals and two blocks.
Bates senior captain Shawn Strickland, playing in his hometown, led Bates with three assists.
Bates will look to even its record back up at Connecticut College Saturday at 3pm.