Beavers Hold Bobcats to 23 Percent Shooting, Record First Win in Lewiston Since 1992
LEWISTON, Maine—Senior Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) recorded a double-double with 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and visiting Babson College opened the game with a 22-4 run en route to a dominating 76-48 victory over Bates College in none-conference men's basketball action on Sunday afternoon inside Alumni Gym.
Babson, which won in Lewiston for the first time since 1992, improves to 5-0 on the year, while Bates slips to 1-1 overall.
Junior Crew Ainge (Wellesley, Mass.) finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals, while senior Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) added 10 points and seven boards for the Beavers. Sophomore Colin Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) came off the bench to score nine points and junior Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) dished out a season-high seven assists to go along with seven points and nine rebounds.
First-year Stephon Baxter (Worcester, Mass.) scored 11 points for the Bobcats, who shot just 23 percent in the loss.
The Green and White got six points apiece from Oftring and Ainge and five each from Coolahan and first-year Aaron Gao (Bridgewater, N.J.) while holding Bates to just one field goal as part of a 22-4 burst over the opening 6:07 of the contest. A three-pointer by Bradanese extended the margin to 27-6 at the 10:55 mark before the Bobcats rattled off a 12-1 spurt to get with 10 on a triple by senior Nick Gilpin (Hampden, Maine) with 7:13 to play in the half.
The Beavers responded by outscoring the hosts 10-1 over the final 5:32 of the stanza, which included six points from Oftring, to push their lead back to 41-22 at the break. Bates pulled within 43-32 on two free throws by senior Kody Greenhalgh (West Warwick, R.I.) with 17:04 remaining, but were limited to just eight points over the next 11 minutes as Babson pulled away.
Ainge, Jaworski and Oftring scored on three straight possessions to make it 49-32 at the 15:49 mark. Bradanese converted inside following a three-pointer by junior Matt Pattyson (Doylestown, Pa.) for a 21-point cushion, and buried another triple to give Babson a 64-40 advantage with a little over six minutes to go.
The Green and White outscored the Bobcats 42-18 in the paint and finished with a 54-43 edge on the glass. The Beavers also turned 17 Bates turnovers into 19 points.
Babson returns to action next Sunday when it travels to Bowdoin at 2 p.m., while the Bobcats visit Southern Maine on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 15-13 all-time against Bates and have won three of the last four meetings between the programs.
• Sunday's victory was the fifth in a row for Babson against a NESCAC opponent. The Green and White defeated the Bobcats, Bowdoin, Tufts and Amherst last season.
• The Beavers have won each of their first five contests by at least 23 points and own an average margin of victory of 28.2 points.
• Babson's 40 defensive rebounds in Sunday's win are the program's most dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season.