College roundup: Bates women win second game in as many days

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BABSON PARK, Mass. — The Bates women’s basketball team scored its second victory in as many days, handing host Babson a 69-63 non-conference defeat Wednesday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.

For the first time this season, five players scored in double figures for the Bobcats (4-6), led by sophomore Melanie Binkhorst’s career-high 17 points. Binkhorst led the Bobcats in shots attempted (17) for the first time, making seven; she also tied a career-high with eight rebounds and added three steals and two assists.

Like Tuesday’s victory over Roanoke, which was also played at Babson, turnovers were a big factor that tilted in Bates’ favor, as the host Beavers (6-3) committed a season-high 24 to Bates’ 15, with Bates totaling 17 steals. Bates also made a season-best 13 3-pointers on a season-high 35 attempts, a .371 percentage, while Babson made 5-of-12 from long range (.417).

Payton Ouimette totaled 22 points and nine rebounds, leading Babson to a 47-36 rebounding advantage, but she was the only Beaver to score in double figures. Babson lost for only the second time in six games.

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Nina Davenport and Emily Freedland scored 14 points apiece for Bates, with Davenport adding eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Freedland shot 4-of-7 shots from the field, all on 3-point attempts. Lyse Henshaw and Julia Middlebrook added 11 points apiece.

Neither squad led by more than five in a first half that featured five ties and 11 lead changes. After the teams played to a 29-29 draw at intermission, Bates outscored Babson 20-17 in both quarters of the second half.

Freedland knocked down a pair of three-pointers as part of a 12-4 run that pushed the Bates lead to 43-35 with 3:40 to go in the third quarter. She then launched a three from well behind the line with one second remaining in the third quarter, giving Bates the lead for good at 49-46 and breaking the eighth tie of the game. The hoop came after Henshaw snagged an offensive rebound and fed Freedland, constituting Bates’ 12th second-chance point of the period.

A pair of free throws by Babson’s Vanessa Onwe cut the lead to 49-48 early in the fourth, but Bates answered with an 11-4 run, kicked off by a 3-pointer by Middlebrook and including a pair of threes by Davenport, making it 60-52 with 5:32 left in the game.

Men’s basketball

Concordia 82, Bates 56

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Concordia University Falcons shot 50 percent from the field and exploded for 49 points in the second half to defeat the Bates men’s basketball team 82-56 Wednesday night at the Daytona Beach Shootout.

Bates (5-3) led by as many as 11 points in the first half but the Falcons (6-5) rallied to take a 33-32 lead into halftime.

Junior Nick Lynch made a layup with 17:04 to go in the game to put the Bobcats up 36-35, but that was their last lead in the contest. Lynch scored 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds on the evening. He also blocked a pair of shots.

With 16:13 remaining, Josh Hau sank a pair of free throws to put the Falcons up for good. Hau was one of five Falcons to score in double figures, with Jordan Johnson pouring in a game-high 17 points in just 19 minutes off the bench.

The Falcons opened up a seven-point lead before sophomore Jeff Spellman led a Bates rally. He made a pair of free throws with 13:43 left and followed that up with a layup with 12:45 left to cut the deficit to 43-40.

Sophomore Kody Greenhalgh kept the Bobcats in the game for awhile with a pair of threes, making the score 49-46 in favor of the Falcons with 10:12 to go in the game. But the Falcons went on a 9-0 run, culminating with a Hau dunk to extend their lead to 12 with 8:58 to go. Then after Bates battled them evenly for a bit, another 9-0 run pushed the lead to 20 on a Johnson three with 4:23 left.

After shooting 41.9 percent as a team in the first half, the Bobcats only shot 22.6 percent from the field in the second half on their way to being outscored 49-24 down the stretch.

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