PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomores Keegan Pieri and Bryan Hurley and junior Andrew Madlinger combined to score 47 points Wednesday afternoon as the Bowdoin College men's basketball team ran past Plymouth State University, 75-53 in its second semester opener.
Pieri topped all scorers with 18 points for Bowdoin while Hurley contributed 15 and Madlinger chipped in with 14. The three Polar Bears combined to make 17-of-29 shots from the field, with Hurley leading the way by converting 6-of-8, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. Bowdoin won its fifth game in a row to improve to 6-2 overall. Petey Skevas led the Panthers with 16 points and five assists as Plymouth slipped to 2-8.
Bowdoin never trailed in the game, taking a double-digit lead (18-7) midway through the first half. The Panthers got the margin down to six points after a lay-up by Skevas and a three-pointer by sophomore Alex Burt but Bowdoin pushed the lead up to 14 points (32-18) with three minutes left in the half, and went to the locker room with a 39-24 bulge. Pieri had 14 of his 18 points in the opening half.
The visitors extended the lead to more than 20 points five minutes into the second half and PSU was unable to mount a challenge the rest of the way.
Bowdoin plays its next four games at home, beginning Friday with a NESCAC contest against Hamilton College at 6:00 p.m.