|University of New England||Bates College|
LEWISTON, Maine — In a contest that featured 23 lead-changes and 13 ties, Bates College emerged with a 107-103 men’s basketball victory over the University of New England on Sunday evening (Nov. 26) at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Bobcats (3-1) were led by a career-best 38 points from Jeff Spellman, who went 16-of-25 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds. Eli Frater and James Mortimer tallied 17 and 13 points, respectively, in support. Nick Gilpin had nine assists and eight boards; Max Hummel secured a game-high nine caroms as the hosts totaled a 59-40 advantage on the glass.
Bates overcome a 1-for-19 performance from behind the arc (5.3%) by converting 63 percent of its two-point attempts, and out-scored UNE by five (22-17) at the charity stripe.
The Nor’easters (1-4) received 14 points out of Gavin Dibble (Greenport, N.Y.), and 11 more from Drew Coveney (Londonderry, N.H.), Daron Hoges, Jr. (West Orange, N.J.), and Jordan Bagshaw (Cumberland, Maine). Coveney also put up five assists and four steals; Drew Patno (Lunenberg, Mass.) corralled a team-best six rebounds.
UNE connected on 14-of-46 tries from deep (30.4%) on the night, but made just 21 percent (5-of-24) following halftime.
On three consecutive possessions in the early-going of the 1st, the visitors established their largest lead of the match (16-8, 18-10, 20-12). Before intermission, Bates took its biggest cushion (57-51), and eventually settled on a 61-58 edge while shooting 56 percent to UNE’s 49 percent.
Both sides cooled off a bit from the field in the 2nd, although Spellman accounted for 24 of his team’s 46 in the period.
Andrew Marcelino (Methuen, Mass.) sparked a quick five for UNE that set the Nor’easters ahead, 101-98, with 3:48 to go, but the next seven points went to the Bobcats, capped by two freebies from Spellman with 19 seconds left. Coveney got two right back to cut the gap in half (105-103), but Spellman sealed it for the home squad with a fast-break layup on the opposite end.
Other than a brief 74-69 UNE lead during the initial stages of the final stanza, the spread was no more than four points either way in the closing 20 minutes.
The Nor’easters will prepare to begin Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) in Biddeford against Gordon College.