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Bates College 84, Connecticut College 80 OT Vadas Pours in Game-High 29 Points for Connecticut College

NEW LONDON, Conn. -Connecticut College erased a 10 point second half deficit to force overtime but the Bates College Bobcats prevailed in the extra session, holding on for an 84-80 victory. The Bobcats improve their record to 9-6 with a 3-2 mark in the NESCAC. The Camels are 6-11 with a 0-5 record in league play. Sophomore guard Luke Matarozzo (Shelton, Conn.) finished with 27 points and six rebounds to lead the visitors to the win. Reid Christian (Pownal, Maine) chipped in with 15 points for the Bobcats. John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) added 14 points and 12 boards and Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) reached double-digits with 12 points and nine rebounds. Connecticut College sophomore Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) poured in a game-high 29 points with 11 rebounds and four assists. Junior Rob Harrigan (Milford, Conn.) was 5-for-6 from long distance and 7-for-10 from the floor en route to his 21 point, five rebound effort. Sophomore John Bullitt (Brookline, Mass.) contributed 10 points for the Camels. "Give bates credit," Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "They played really hard, particularly on the offensive glass and that was the difference in the game." Bogdanovich converted a pair of free throws with 8:14 remaining that vaulted the visitors out to a 65-55 advantage. The Camels responded though, putting together a furious 10-to-0 run to pull even when Vadas converted a hoop and some harm with 2:46 remaining in regulation. Vadas would score the next two Camel field goals, putting the hosts on top 71-67 when he converted on a hoop with 1:01 to go. But Christian responded with a triple from the right side with 56 seconds left. In the closing moments, Squires connected on one of two free throws to pull the Bobcats even with the Camels at 71 aside and the teams were headed for overtime. In the extra session, Christian knocked down a jumper with 3:26 to go that put the visitors on top for good and Bates was able to hold on for the 84-80 victory. Bates will visit Wesleyan University Saturday for a 4:00 p.m. game in Middletown, Conn. The Camels will host Tufts University for a 4:00 p.m. game in New London.

January 20, 2012

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