LEWISTON, Maine -- Patrick Stewart (pictured) was in the right place at the right time and then made one of his best baskets of his collegiate career with a three-point play with 0.2 seconds remaining to lift Colby College to a 55-54 win over rival Bates College in non-conference men's basketball Saturday night.
Malcolm Delpeche's third blocked shot of the night would have given the Bobcats the win, but Stewart came up big. With two seconds to go and Bates leading by two, Colby's Maximilian Steiner drove to the hoop and Delpeche blocked his shot. However, the ball deflected right to Stewart who somehow made an off-balance bank shot to tie the game. He got fouled in the process and Stewart sank the free throw for the win.
The Mules end the first semester of play at 5-4 overall, while Bates dropped to 5-3. Colby returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 31, with a 2 p.m. road game at University of Maine at Farmington.
The Bobcats rallied down the stretch to put themselves in a position to win. Down 52-45 with 5:50 left in regulation, Bates inched back into the contest with free throws from first-years Tom Coyne and Nick Gilpin.
Coyne sank a jumper to cut the Colby lead to 52-49 with 3:53 left in the contest. Then with 3:17 to go, he sank a pair of free throws, cutting the Colby advantage to one. Coyne finished the game with 11 points off the bench for Bates.
Jerome Darling gave the Bobcats a 53-52 lead with 2:26 left in regulation. He drove to the hoop and drew a foul and sank a pair of three throws.
Neither team scored again until Delpeche split a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left to extend the Bobcat lead to 54-52.
Bates opened up a 15-2 lead to start the game, but Colby settled down and only trailed 27-24 at halftime. The Mules had a 9-0 run to cut the Bates lead to 15-11 with 8:03 left in the half on a Joe Connelly jumper.
Stewart, Colby's leading scorer, managed just a single point in the first half. He exploded for 14 points in the second half, including a three with 15 minutes to go in the game, giving the Mules their first lead of the night.
Bates didn't take the lead again until Darling's two free throws with 2:26 left.
Colby held Bates to 30.9 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from long range.
Connelly had a solid game with nine points, six rebounds, four steals, and two assists. Steven Daley added six points and five boards, while Ronan Schwarz had seven points off the bench.