December 6, 2012

Men's Basketball Mounts Second Half Comeback, Tips Bates in Overtime

LEWISTON, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to stun Bates, 74-70, in overtime on Thursday evening at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears pick up their third straight win and improve to 4-2 this season. It is Bowdoin's first win at Bates since January of 2010 which, coincidentally, was by an identical 74-70 overtime decision. The loss drops the Bobcats to 3-5 this season.

Bryan Hurley scored a team-high 17 points for Bowdoin while also collecting six rebounds and dishing out four assists. Maximilian Staiger had 13 points while Keegan Pieri added 12. Lucas Hausman pitched in 11 points off the bench for the Polar Bears. Graham Safford led all scorers with 21 points for Bates.

Bates carried a nine-point lead into halftime thanks to 11 first-half points from Safford and a damaging 17-10 edge on the glass. The Bobcats connected on five three-pointers to take a 33-24 lead at the break and quickly pushed the lead to 39-26 with a 6-2 run to open the second period. Bates maintained a double-digit lead until under the 15-minute mark and carried an eight-point lead, 53-45, following a Mark Brust jumper with 9:37 to go.

Hurley began Bowdoin's comeback with a driving lay-in to spark a 7-0 run, highlighted by five points from Hausman, who hit a lay-up and an ensuing free-throw to give the Polar Bears their first lead since the opening moments at 54-53 with 6:34 remaining. The teams traded or shared the lead eight times in the closing minutes before Keegan Pieri's basket with 35 seconds remaining tied the game at 62-62 and forced the extra session.

In overtime, the teams traded buckets for the first four minutes as the game remained tied at 70 with under a minute to go. Bowdoin's Hurley drove the lane and banked home the go-ahead shot with 14 seconds to go, giving the visitors a 72-70 edge. Bates missed a three-pointer on the next possession and Hausman put the game on ice with a pair of free throws with three seconds on the clock.

Bowdoin will look to extend its winning streak at home on Friday against Colby. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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