MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Gab Ravetz completed a four-point play with 11 seconds remaining to give Wesleyan the lead, but Kody Greehalgh of Bates drove to the basket and hit a contested layup before time expired as the Bobcats claimed an 81-80 victory on Sunday afternoon in Silloway Gymnasium.
With the loss, Wesleyan dropped to 9-4 overall and 0-2 in the NESCAC. Bates is now 8-4 and 1-0.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Both teams struggled offensively in the opening minutes but settled down roughly five minutes in as the half went back-and-forth throughout.
- Bates went up by four at the 8:01 mark but Ravetz hit back-to-back 3-pointers just 29 seconds apart to put the Cardinals ahead 27-25.
- Following a timeout, it was Greenhalgh's turn to get hot as he responded with back-to-back treys of his own just 43 seconds apart to put the visitors back on top.
- Bates would go into the half ahead 43-40.
- Antone Walker scored 14 points in the first 20 minutes for Wesleyan on 4-of-4 shooting from downtown while Greenhalgh dropped 14 for the Bobcats on 4-of-8 shooting from deep.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- It was a similar story in the second half with both teams exchanging baskets often, neither able to pull away.
- Trailing by three with 11:23 remaining, Wesleyan went on a 6-0 run capped off by a layup from Sam Peek to shift the momentum in the home team's favor.
- However, Bates responded shortly after by scoring 10 unanswered points to regain a lead and go-ahead 73-66 with 4:31 to go.
- The Cardinals trailed the rest of the way until the closing seconds. Down by four with only :15 on the clock, Walker hit his first free throw before missing the second. Preston Maccoux got the offensive rebound and dished it out to Ravetz who drilled the three and was fouled on the play. He knocked down his free throw attempt with 11 seconds remaining to give the Cardinals the 80-79 lead.
- Bates inbounded the ball and Greenhalgh took it to the basket, making an impressive contested layup for the win with just :02 remaining.
- Wesleyan's last-second heave from half court was unsuccessful.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Walker scored a game-high 21 points for the Cardinals while dishing out six assists. He was joined in double-figures by Peek (12), Jordan James (11), and Ravetz (10). Maccoux led the team in rebounds with seven and Peek recorded three steals.
- Greenhalgh led the Bobcats with 18 points followed by Jeff Spellman with 15, Nick Gilpin with 12, and Stephon Baxter with 10. Omar Sarr led all players with nine boards and three blocks, and Gilpin dished out six assists.
- Sunday's game featured 13 lead changes and 11 ties.
- Wesleyan is back in action on Tuesday, January 14 for a non-conference game at Johnson & Wales. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.