WALTHAM, Mass. – A 14-2 run late in the second half was enough to carry the visiting Bates College Bobcats past the host Brandeis University Judges, 73-66, in Red Auerbach Arena tonight. Brandeis falls to 3-5 headed into Saturday's University Athletic Association opener, while Bates improves to 8-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The game featured nine ties and nine lead changes in total, but it was the last one that gave the visitors the win.
- Brandeis took a 53-52 lead on two free throws by senior Robinson Vilmont (Cambridge, Mass./Wilbraham and Monson Academy) at the 6:30 mark.
- Bates answered with the key run over the next 14-2 run over the next 5:15. The Bobcats took the lead for good on a Jerome Darling (Hartford, Conn./Classical Magnet) 3-pointer at the 5:02 mark, his sixth trifecta of the contest.
- Marcus Delpeche (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) added two free throws to make it a four-point game. Vilmont answered with a lay-up to get the Judges back within two, at 57-55.
- The Bobcats notched the next nine points of the game, including four from rookie Jeff Spellman (Boston, Mass./Beaver CDS) on driving layups, to put things away.
FOR THE JUDGES
- Vilmont led Brandeis with 17 points on 7-of-10 from the field, 1-of-3 from downtown and 2-of-2 from the line. He also had a game-high five assists.
- Brandeis also got double-digit scoring from juniors Carlin Haymon (Boston, Mass./Rivers School) and Nate Meehan (Lowell, Mass./Phillips Andover), who had 11 and 10 points, respectively, as they combined to hit 5-of-9 from 3-point range.
- Senior Samuel Dowden (Andover, Mass./Andover) led the team with a season-high six rebounds, tying his career-high set during his sophomore season.
FOR THE BOBCATS
- Darling finished with a game- and career-high 20 points, all but the last two coming on 3-pointers. He connected on 6-of-13 from downtown.
- Spellman added 13 points off the bench, including 3-of-4 from long range, while Malcolm Delpeche (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) added 12 points.
- Marcus Delpeche led all players with nine rebounds and matched teammate Nick Gilpin for team-best honors with four assists. Twin brother Malcolm blocked three Brandeis shots.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- The Bobcats hit 14 3-pointers to eight for the Judges. Bates converted at a 43.8% clip, compared to 34.8% for Brandeis.
- The visitors also had a 35-26 edge on the glass.
- Brandeis won the turnover battle, 16-11, and the points off turnovers by the same margin.
- The win was Bates' third in a row in the series, but the Judges still lead the all-time series, 30-15.
- Brandeis meets New York University on Saturday at 3 p.m. in their 2017 University Athletic Association opener.
- Bates takes on CBB rival Colby in the NESCAC opener Friday in Waterville, Maine.