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Men's Hoops Uses Late Burst to Take Control at Bates En Route to 66-59 NESCAC Quarterfinal Victory

Hitting 11 of 26 three-point tries for the game, as Joe Edmonds '16 (#32 right side photo) went 4-for-5 and Jack Mackey '16 (#24, left side photo by Daryn Slover, Bates College) went 4-for-10 from long range, the Cardinals got the oust they needed with 4:23 remaining to go on for a 66-59 NESCAC quarterfinal win at Bates Sat.,m Feb. 21. Up next for the squad is a rematch with top-seeded Trinity in a semifinal matchup in Hartford Sat., Feb. 28. Second-seeded Bowdoin takes on fifth-seeded Amherst in the other semifinal at Trinity. The winners meet Sun., March 1 for the title. All the NESCAC Final Four games will be webcast. Mackey hit a key three-pointer with 4:23 left, breaking a 49-49 tie and putting Wesleyan ahead for good, 52-49. It stated a 10-2 Wesleyan run that spotted the Cardinals a 59-51 advantage with a minute to go. Harry Rafferty '17 sank a running layup to the left side to make it 54-51 before Mackey fed Joseph Kuo '17 for a big dunk that pushed the difference to 56-51. A steal by Mackey led to a fast-break layup by BJ Davis '16, and he drew a foul, converting the three-point pay for the 59-51 bulge. Bates got as close as forum 59-55, with :28 left, but Wesleyan canned seven of eight free throws over the last 26 ticks to seal the victory. Rafferty was 2-for-2, Edmonds went 3-for-4 and Tim Gallivan '15 added another 2-for-2 for Wesleyan's final points.

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