MEDFORD – Bates sophomore Nick Gilpin made the game-tying and then the game-winning layup with 13 seconds left in the game and the Bobcats hung on to a 77-75 win in Cousens Gym on Saturday afternoon.
|Vincent Pace finished with a game-high 24 points for Tufts.|
The setback moves the Jumbos to 12-5 on the year and 3-2 in NESCAC play. Bates improves to 9-9 overall and 2-3 in conference games.
The two teams traded points to open up the half, and just about two minutes in the Bobcats took the lead with a layup from James Mortimer. They hung on to that lead, increasing it to six with a layup from Jeff Spellman about five minutes into the game. After a dunk from senior KJ Garrett, the Bobcats got a three from Shawn Strickland, and were ahead by seven, 17-10 with 14:46 left in the half.
The Bobcats were ahead by as many as eight, 21-13, but the Jumbos slowly chipped away at that lead. Sophomore Patrick Racy turned in a layup, followed by two points from classmate Miles Bowser, and then a layup from senior captain Vincent Pace brought the Jumbos within two, 21-19, with just over 11 minutes remaining in the half.
After a few baskets for both teams, and the Bobcats up 28-25, the Jumbos got a layup from sophomore Eric Savage, a jumper from Pace and then another layup from Savage put the Jumbos ahead 29-28. With the score locked at 37 with 2:42 left in the half, Spellman scored four points to give the Bobcats the 41-27 advantage at the break.
The Jumbos came out of the half and quickly got two layups from Pace to tie things at 41. Traded baskets locked things at 47 and a layup from Garrett, a layup from freshman Luke Rogers and a layup from Pace gave the Jumbos a 53-49 advantage with 13:42 left in the game. The Tufts lead would hover right around four or five for most of the rest of the half.
With the home team up, 73-67, with just over four minutes left to play a three from Bates' Tom Coyne brought the Bobcats within three, 73-70. Coyne made another three a little more than a minute later to lock the score at 73. Rogers put the Jumbos on top again with a layup of his own, but then Gilpin tied things at 75 with a layup with 1:58 left in the half. He would add the game winning layup over a minute later, leaving just seconds on the clock for the Jumbos. Garrett would get a shot off for the Jumbos in the final seconds, but it didn't fall and the Bobcats won, 77-75.
Pace finished with a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds, he also added four assists to his day. Savage turned in 14 points and eight boards for the Jumbos. Both Garrett and senior Everett Dayton finished with ten points each, and Dayton added three assists while Garrett pulled down four rebounds.
For the Bobcats, Spellman led the offense with 18 points. Nich Lynch helped with 12 points and eight rebounds and Coyne added 12 points, making four threes on the day. James Mortimer added ten points for the Bobcats.
The Jumbos are back in action on Monday as they travel to take on Lesley at 8 pm. Bates plays again on Friday at Wesleyan with a 7 pm start.