DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – First-year forward Mike Boornazian scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Bates men's basketball team to a 66-61 victory over Washington and Lee at the Daytona Beach Shootout on Wednesday afternoon.
Boornaian gave the Bobcats (5-5) their first significant lead of the game when his three-point play at the 12:45 mark ignited a 10-2 run that gave Bates a 20-12 lead with 8:10 left in the first half.
W&L (4-4) responded with five straight points coming on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Patrick O'Connor (Richmond, Va./Douglas Freeman) and a layup by senior forward J.D. Ey (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) to make it 20-17 with 6:54 left in the half. However, the Bobcats hit a three the next time down and maintained a 33-24 lead at the break.
Neither team gained much of an advantage in the opening nine minutes of the second half as Bates held a 41-31 lead with 11:26 left in the game. The Generals strung together a 14-7 run over the next 5:11 to pull within three-points (48-45) with 6:15 left in the game. Junior forward Larry Whitaker (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) keyed the run by scoring eight points during the stretch, going 6-for-6 at the foul line.
Bates regained a comfortable margin by immediately responding with a 12-3 run for a 60-48 lead with 4:17 to play. Boornazian hit three triples in a span of 49 seconds during the decisive scoring run.
The Generals climbed to within four points (65-61) on a three-pointer by Ey with 31 seconds remaining, but could get no closer despite the Bobcats missing 3-of-4 free throws in the final 26 seconds.
As a team, W&L shot just 36.4 percent (16-44) from the field, but made 23-of-27 (.852) free throws and held a 37-27 advantage on the boards. Sophomore guard Javon McDonald (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) tallied a team-high 14 points, while Ey had 13 points, a game-high 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Whitaker added 13 points and nine boards.
Boornazian's effort was supplemented by 14 points from sophomore guard Graham Safford, 13 points from senior guard Mark Brust and 11 points from senior center Ed Bogdanovich. The Bobcats hit 10-of-21 (.476) three-point attempts in the contest.
Washington and Lee returns to action on Friday as it takes on Marymount in its final game of the Shootout. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 pm.