FARMINGTON, Maine - The University of Maine-Farmington men's basketball team knocked off Bowdoin for the first time since 1999 in a 66-62 win over Bowdoin on Tuesday evening.
The win snaps a 15-game losing streak for the Beavers (11-3) against the Polar Bears. Bowdoin falls to 9-4 this season with the loss.
Ben Johnson had 19 points and ten rebounds to lead Farmington. Keegan Pieri had 15 points and six rebounds in the loss for Bowdoin. Andrew Madlinger pitched in 14 and Lucas Hausman had 13 points off the bench for the Polar Bears.
The Polar Bears held a six point lead at intermission, 30-24, and extended their lead to as many as 13 points early in the second half, 47-34, with 14:53 remaining. UMF closed the gap to a single point with a 14-2 surge, to close within a single point, 49-48, with 7:43 to go.
Bowdoin rebounded to take a seven-point edge following a Pieri three-pointer, 60-53, with under 4:30 to play, but the Beavers would not go away. UMF rolled off a decisive 11-2 run, capped by a pair of three-pointers from Andrew Dickey, to take a 64-62 edge with 1:08 to play.
The Polar Bears had three chances to tie or take the lead in the final minute, but could not convert. Johnson hit two free throws in the closing seconds to seal the four-point win for UMF.
The game was statistically balanced with the exception of offensive rebounds, where UMF held a 17-9 advantage and owned a crucial 15-5 edge in second-chance points.
Bowdoin will look to bounce back with a pair of NESCAC road contests on tap. The Polar Bears will play at Amherst on Friday, January 18 at 6:00 p.m. before traveling to Trinity on Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. tip-off.