Senior guard Graham Safford wins Babson Invitational tournament MVP award as the Bobcats start off 2-0

Following his heroics for the Bobcats this weekend, Graham Safford deserved any available accolades. There were a few, namely the Babson Invitational title, tournament MVP, and NESCAC Player of the Week.

In the season opener against Nichols on Saturday, Safford nearly compiled a triple double, posting 22 points, ten rebounds, and seven assists. Even with junior Mike Boornazian’s game-high 25 points on top of that, the game was still a nail-biter. Bates erased a 46-35 halftime deficit to tie it at 60-60 in the middle of the second half. Senior guard Billy Selmon then capped the gutsy effort from the Bobcats by knocking down the game winning three-pointer with 27 seconds left.

Safford shined again Sunday in the championship game against the tournament hosts. The Babson team, who are ranked 23rd in the nation, again stifled Bates in the first half, building a 28-18 lead at the intermission. Boornazian (who chipped in 14 points, seven rebounds, and three assists) and Safford again led Bates back. Safford snapped a late tie with a dagger three-ball with 1.8 seconds left to give the Bobcats a 54-51 win.

Bates has three nonconference games scheduled, including their home opener on November 25th, before throwing themselves into the fire of NESCAC play starting on December 2nd versus Colby.