Bates shot 63 percent from the floor in the first half, jumping out to a big lead and never looking back, as the Bobcats handed Middlebury an 81-48 loss. Middlebury return to action at Plattsburgh on Tuesday, while Bates will visit Gordon on the same night.
Bates came out on fire, taking a 15-4 lead behind a pair of three's from Rob Stockwell. Middlebury cut the lead to seven before Bates hit 10 of its next 11 shots from the floor to take a 34-15 lead with 7:41 left in the first half. The Bobcats would go into the intermission with a 50-27 lead, hitting 6 of 8 three's, while Middlebury went 1-8 from behind the arc.
Middlebury's shooting woes continued in the second half, as the Panthers made just 5 of 23 shots from the floor. Bates shot 37% in the second half, but it was more than enough as they never led by less than 20.
Stockwell was one of four Bates players in double figures, leading the team with 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting, with eight rebounds.. Zak Ray added 14 points and six assists, Bryan Wholey netted 14, while Damon McGinn scored a dozen with nine boards.
Tim Edwards paced Middlebury with 11, while Aaron Smith and Andrew Harris scored six points apiece.