Ray rescues Bobcats

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Senior Zak Ray hit a 3-pointer to open the overtime period and give Bates a lead as the No. 19 nationally-ranked Bobcats defeated Wesleyan University 59-56 in men’s basketball action Friday.

Ray led the Bobcats (16-2) with 13 points and five assists, while junior Bryan Wholey added 12 points to go with seven rebounds and four steals.

Robert Kelly scored a game-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds for the Cardinals (6-11), and Jared Ashe added 14 points and eight rebounds.

Bowdoin 75, Trinity 69

BRUNSWICK – Andrew Hippert scored a team-high 17 points in a balanced attack as Bowdoin battled to a 75-69 triumph over Trinity in NESCAC men’s basketball action Friday.

The Polar Bears (11-6) clung to a three-point halftime lead, 37-34.

Bowdoin posted several strong offensive possessions down the stretch, including a Jordan Fliegel lay-in with 2:49 left, that pushed the lead to three points. Hippert went 6-for-6 from the charity stripe in the closing minutes to help cement the win.

The last lead change came with nine minutes to go, when consecutive hoops by first-year Mark Phillips gave the Polar Bears a 57-55 edge.

Amherst 69, Colby 58

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WATERVILLE – Andrew Olsen finished with 19 points and eight helpers to lift unbeaten Amherst over upset-minded Colby, 69-58, on Friday.

The Lord Jeffs led by just one with eight minutes to play, but Ryan Baskauskas (16 points) drained a pair of 3-pointers to put the game out of reach.

Nick Farrell led the charge for the Mules (10-9) with 13 points, and Mark Gaudet pitched in with 11 in the loss.

Women’s basketball

Bowdoin 74, Trinity 59

BRUNSWICK – Jill Anelauskas had a spectacular outing with a game-high 24 points to lead Bowdoin to a 74-59 win over Trinity in NESCAC women’s basketball Friday.

The Polar Bears (18-1) led by six points at intermission, 33-27, and extended their lead to 11 points with under 13 minutes remaining in regulation. Anelauskas was red-hot, recording 10-of-13 from the field and grabbing seven rebounds to go along with her 24 points.

Trinity was led by Sarah Cox, who had 18 points.

Bates 69, Wesleyan 66

LEWISTON – Bates College came back from a 10-point deficit in the second half to notch a 69-66 victory over Wesleyan University in NESCAC women’s basketball action Friday.

Sophomore Val Beckwith scored 21 points, including the go-ahead 3-point play with 3:29 left in the game for the Bobcats (10-7). Bates senior Katie Franklin hit a pullup jumper, and junior Sarah Barton added a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 68-62 with 1:03 remaining.

Wesleyan senior Sarah Milburn made Bates squirm when she stole the ball from Franklin and hit first-year Emilie Knight for a layup to close the gap to 68-66 with 43 seconds left.

Following several more tense moments and with time running out, sophomore Ali Fourney attempted a midcourt toss to tie the game. But the ball caught only glass and metal and no net.

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