Bates, Boggs bring third straight victory for Salve Regina, 63-62

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Salve Regina 63, Endicott 62
Newport, R.I. - Rodgers Recreation Center
Saturday, January 30, 2016

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NEWPORT, R.I. - Behind a career-high scoring effort from Bryce Boggs (Hyde Park, Mass.)and a seventh-consecutive double-double for Nicholas Bates (Danvers, Mass.)Salve Regina University men's basketball defeated Endicott College, 63-62, in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's basketball action at the Rodgers Recreation Center.

Series and Streaks
The Gulls own a 17-14 edge in the all-time series including a 15-point victory in the first meeting this season; Salve Regina's win today stops a three-game losing skid to Endicott.

Three Stars of the Game
1 – Salve Regina junior Nicholas Bates (Danvers, Mass.) - finished with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for his seventh consecutive game with a double-double.
2 – Salve Regina sophomore Bryce Boggs (Hyde Park, Mass.) - scored his career-high 29 points with perfection from behind the arc, three for three on 3-pointers.
3 – Endicott freshman Rob O'Brien (Ringe, N.H.) - scored a team-high 21 points on eight of 14 from the floor coming off the bench.

Key Stat of the Game
Salve Regina, despite being overmatched in size, won the rebounding battle again, 48 to 35.

Turning Point
O'Brien's layup at 5:31 in the second half tied the score at 55-55. Bates followed with back-to-back layups with a defensive rebound in between. Bates added a baseline jumper for a six-point lead, 61-55. The junior Seahawk captain finished with 15 defensive boards including O'Brien's missed shot before the final buzzer.

Quick Hits

  • Endicott junior Max Motroni (West Warwick, R.I.) contributed 14 points and seven rebounds.
  • Endicott junior Stephen Basden (Lynn, Mass.) grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
  • Salve Regina wins its third straight and second in a row against a team above it in the standings.
  • Bates now has 11 double-doubles on the season, and is one of only two players in the league averaging a double-double (Sam Johnson of Gordon with points and rebounds as well).
  • Salve Regina junior Connor Costello (Southborough, Mass.) contributed seven points and eight rebounds.
  • David Hanson (Stockton, England) had only one basket on the day, but it was Salve Regina's final points on a running layup through the middle.
  • Rodney Morton (Malden, Mass.) had a pair of 3-pointers in the first half and finished with eight points.

"You don't want to over-coach, you want to put the ball in your playmaker's hands, and today that was Nick Bates. We wanted to go inside there late to him with Barrett (Hanlon - who had the game-winning shot on Wednesday) being a little banged up. We wanted to keep them (Gulls) out of the paint; they're extremely athletic. We've been talking to Bryce (Boggs) about being that 'next guy' and when Bates gets doubled, we need Bryce stepping up and being that go to guy. We felt all along the first time through the league that we could hang with them, we were in tight games. To be able to win in adverse conditions, in back-and-forth games, I think it only gives you confidence and allows the guys to really learn how to win." - Salve Regina head coach Sean Foster

Next up
Salve Regina (8-11; 5-7 CCC) – Tuesday, February 2 vs. Eastern Nazarene College, 7:30 p.m.
Endicott (10-9; 7-5 CCC) – Tuesday, February 2 vs. Curry College, 5:30 p.m.