WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College men's basketball team fell behind early and never recovered as Bates College led from start to finish in a 75-62 win in the New England Small College Athletic Conference opener for both teams Friday.
Colby (6-5) will play host to eighth-ranked Tufts University at the same time Saturday. The Bobcats improve to 10-3 overall and will play at Bowdoin College on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Patrick Stewart finished with 13 points, six rebounds, and three assists for Colby. Ethan Schlager (pictured) added 11 points, Joe Connelly and Ronan Schwarz both had 10 points, and Tyler Williams handed out seven assists.
Bates got off to a 9-2 lead and led the entire contest. Schwarz scored inside to cut the Bobcat lead to 21-18, but Bates went on a 12-0 run to take a 33-18 margin on the way to a 42-33 halftime lead.
The Bobcats shot 48.4 percent (30-for-62) from the field and had a 42-34 rebounding advantage.