College Basketball: Bobcats silence Monks in regular season finale

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LEWISTON — The Bates men’s basketball team played one of its best games of the season Tuesday, running away to a 76-49 win over St. Joseph’s in a non-conference matchup on Senior Night at Alumni Gym.

Senior John Squires led the Bobcats (12-12) with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Reid Christian and Luke Matarazzo each added 11 points.

The game featured a matchup of brothers from Auburn, senior Kyle Philbrook of Bates and James Philbrook of St. Joe’s. Kyle Philbrook tied his career high with seven assists,

Junior Ed Bogdanovich chipped in with eight points and six rebounds for the Bobcats.

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The Monks (17-7) were paced by senior Zach O’Brien with a game-high 20 points, while Matt Medeiros tallied 14 points and pulled down six rebounds.

St. Joe’s got out to an early 12-6 lead, thanks in part to a pair of 3-pointers by Medeiros. After sophomore James Philbrook (two points, three rebounds) hit a layup to put St. Joe’s up 14-9, the Bobcats responded with 12 unanswered points, sparked by back-to-back jumpers by Squires.

The Monks cut it to three, but Matarazzo drilled a 3-pointer and Kyle Philbrook made a steal and fed Christian for a jumper that made it 28-19 Bates late in the first half.

St. Joe’s closed the half with an 8-2 run to pull within three at halftime, but Bates opened the second half with seven straight points to pull away.

The Bobcats, ranked third in last week’s Top 5 state poll, are the fifth seed in the eight-team NESCAC playoffs and will play at fourth-seeded Tufts at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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