BRUNSWICK, Maine - Keegan Pieri scored 22 points to lead the Bowdoin College men's basketball team to a 64-58 win over Colby on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears post their fourth consecutive win, and their second in as many nights, to improve to 5-2 this season. The Mules dropped their third-straight and dip to 2-5 on the year. Friday's contest was the annual non-conference game between the schools, with the NESCAC game scheduled forJanuary 26 in Waterville.
Pieri led all players with 22 points to go with six rebounds and three blocks in the win. Bryan Hurley pitched in 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Bowdoin, who also had Andrew Madlinger (10) and Maximilian Staiger (10) in double-digits.
Colby was led by 17 points off the bench from Sam Willson. Battling foul trouble all night, Chris Hudnut finished with nine points and eight rebounds in the loss for Colby.
Both teams struggled from the field in the opening half, but heated up towards the end of the frame. Colby's Danny Chase nailed a three-pointer to give Colby a brief lead late before Pieri knocked down a trifecta to beat the halftime buzzer, sending the teams into the locker room tied at 22-22.
After the squads exchanged the lead several times to open the second half, Colby opened up a three-point with 13 minutes remaining. The Mules used a 9-3 surge, keyed by six points from Willson, to open up a 47-38 lead with 9:10 to go. Bowdoin quickly replied with a 9-2 run, drawing within two points, 49-47, on a pair of Staiger free throws with 7:21 remaining.
The Colby lead bounced between two and six points for the next three minutes before a pair of Madlinger free throws drew the game even at 54-54 with 4:22 on the clock. Willson nailed a baseline jumper to put the Mules back up, 56-54, but Madlinger splashed a three-pointer on the next possession and Bowdoin cashed in on a foul away from the play to take a 58-56 edge with 3:50 left.
The Mules could get no closer than two points for the remainder and Hurley sealed the game for Bowdoin with a running jumper in the lane with under a minute to play.
Bowdoin held a 42-37 edge on the glass as both teams struggled from the field. Colby hit on 33.3% of its shots compared to 38.2% for Bowdoin.
Colby will play Bates on Saturday in Lewiston at 4:00 p.m. Bowdoin is off until after the New Year and will return to the court on January 2 at Plymouth State.