Bates Holds Off Saint Joseph's Comeback

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's basketball team overpowered Saint Joseph's College 68-54 in a non-league game Tuesday night, outrebounding the Monks 41-30 and outscoring them on second-chance points 22-3.

The Bobcats are now 12-2, with a nine-game win streak dating back to Nov. 30; the Monks stand at 8-5.

Rob Stockwell led Bates with game highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds, and a team-high three assists. Bryan Wholey added 16 points and eight rebounds, and Zak Ray chipped in with 10.

R. J. Mattison came off the bench to lead St. Joseph's (8-5) with 12 points. The Monks were held to 36.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 26.9 percent in the first half, as Bates built a 30-17 halftime advantage.

With a pair of 3-pointers by first-year reserve Scott Place sandwiched by treys from Stockwell and Ray, the lead grew steadily to 59-32 with 8:37 left in the game, until a pair of threes by Chad Pulkkinen began a late surge by St. Joseph's.

Elbie Murphy scored six points with a team-high eight rebounds, five steals and two blocks for the Monks.