LEWISTON, Maine — First-year Jeff Spellman scored a career-high 21 points, senior Marcus Delpeche added a game-high 22 and the Bates men’s basketball team defeated the University of Maine-Farmington 91-72 Tuesday night at Alumni Gym.
Spellman (Boston, Mass.) did not miss a shot from the field, finishing the night 6-6 from the floor and 4-4 from three-point range. Delpeche (Wilmington, Del.) was efficient as well, shooting 9-12 from the floor and hauling in seven rebounds.
First-year Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine) chipped in a career-high 12 points for Bates (15-6) in the victory.
The Beavers (8-11) stayed close early against Bates, taking a 14-13 lead on an Amir Moss layup with 9:41 to go in the first half.
But Spellman answered right away with a three to put the Bobcats ahead by two. His made three started a personal 7-0 run which put Bates ahead 20-14 with 8:07 left in the first.
The Beavers didn’t go away, taking a 24-23 lead with 5:23 left on a pair of Issac Witham free throws.
Sophomore Max Hummel (Glastonbury, Conn.) put Bates ahead for good with a layup to make the score 25-24 in favor of Bates with 5:13 remaining. The teams proceeded to trade three-pointers with first-year Tom Coyne (Falmouth, Maine), the Beavers’ Moss and Bates’ Hummel all knocking down triples.
Hummel’s three started a 7-0 run that put the Bobcats ahead 35-27 with 3:10 left on a Gilpin three.
A 9-0 run for the Bobcats to end the first half gave them a comfortable 44-29 halftime lead. Gilpin scored four of the nine points down the stretch.
The Beavers did not back down in the second half, cutting the Bobcat lead to eight on a pair of Michael Atkins free throws with 8:10 to go in the game.
Bates responded with a 6-0 run that culminated in a layup from sophomore Ethan Winglass (Bath, Maine), putting them up 76-62 with 7:32 remaining.
UMaine-Farmington cut the Bobcat lead to 10 with 5:59 left on an Eric Berry layup but senior co-captain Jerome Darling (Hartford, Conn.) drilled a three just seven seconds later to make the score 79-66 in favor of the Bobcats.
That started a 9-2 run for the Bobcats to put the game completely out of reach for the Beavers.
Four players scored in double figures for Maine-Farmington. Isaac Witham finished with 19 points, Riley Robinson poured in 15, and Amir Moss and Tyus Ripley both chipped in 12.
Bates shot the ball really well from the floor, making 54.1% of their shots and draining 13 threes along the way in 27 attempts from deep (48.1%).
The Bobcats’ 91 points on Tuesday is the most they’ve scored in a home game since November 21, 2013 when they put up 114 against Thomas College.