LEWISTON, Maine - Sophomore guard Bryan Wholey (Marshfield, Mass.) scored a career-high 24 points Thursday evening, 22 in the second half, as the Bates College men's basketball team won its 16th straight game, pulling away from Plymouth State University, 78-55, at Alumni Gymnasium.
Bates extended its school-record winning streak, improving to 19-2 overall and completing the Bobcats' first-ever unbeaten regular season at home (10-0). Bates also matched last season's school record for wins in a season. PSU, which was playing the first of four straight road games, dropped to 13-7.
The Panthers came back from a 29-15 deficit midway through the first half to cut Bates' lead to 31-26 at halftime. But Wholey scored all 10 of Bates' points on a 10-2 spurt in the first two minutes of the second half. PSU closed the gap to 41-33 with 16 minutes to go, but that was as close as the Panthers would get. The Bobcats maintained a double digit lead the rest of the way, and took a 66-46 lead near the five-minute mark to ice the win.
Senior Kevin Boutilier (North Andover, Mass.) led Plymouth State with 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting, and he grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Junior Mike Walcek (Dover, N.H.) added 10 points in the losing cause.
Senior Sean Cahill (Worcester, Mass.) added 14 points for the Bobcats, while sophomore Pat Halloran (Plymouth, N.H.) scored 13 points. The Bobcats received only nine points combined from their top two scorers, junior Zak Ray (Bangor, Maine) with four points and classmate Rob Stockwell (Temple, N.H.) with five. But Ray dished out a game-high nine assists and made three steals, while Stockwell had a game-high eight rebounds.
Both teams return to conference action Saturday at 3:00 p.m., as PSU visits Little East Conference foe UMass Dartmouth and Bates plays at NESCAC rival Tufts.
(Courtesy of Bates Sports Information)
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