Men's Hoops Falls To 16th-Ranked Amherst Despite Mathias' Game High

Matt Mathias scored a game-high 22 in Friday's loss to Amherst
Matt Mathias scored a game-high 22 in Friday's loss to Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season after a 80-70 setback to 16th-ranked Amherst on Friday evening.

Six different Jeffs scored in double figures as the hosts upped their season mark to 14-2 with a 4-0 league ledger. Bowdoin fell to 9-5 (2-2 NESCAC) with the loss.

Matt Mathias led all scorers with 22 points, hitting nine of his 11 attempts, including 4-of-5 from behind the arc. Keegan Pieri added 15 points and seven boards, while Lucas Hausman had 12 points.

Peter Kaasila paced the Jeffs with 19 points and seven rebounds on 9-for-15 shooting, while Aaron Toomey and Conner Green each finished with 12. Allen Williamson , Tom Killian and Willy Workman rounded out the list of Jeffs in double digits with 10 apiece.

Jumping out to a fast start, Amherst built an 8-0 lead with six-straight Williamson points and a Kaasila layup. Finally getting on the board 4:58 after the opening tip, Pieri drained a jumper, but the Jeffs responded with five unanswered, going up 11 on a Toomey triple. Battling back, Bowdoin reeled off a 13-2 run over a span of 2:15, tying the game on Pieri's four-point play with 8:38 to go in the half.

Amherst came back with a 12-4 run of its own, rebuilding a seven-point cushion on a David Kalema trey. Chipping away, the Polar Bears trimmed the deficit to 31-29 on a Hausman three-pointer at 1:53 of the first, but the Jeffs scored seven of the frame's final nine points to take a 38-31 lead into the intermission.

Starting the second strong, Killian buried a triple on Amherst's first possession before Williamson drove the lane for two, upping the margin to 43-31. Piecing together a 14-6 run, Bowdoin pulled within four on a Mathias three-pointer at 14:44, before Kaasila stemmed the tide with back-to-back baskets in the paint.

Holding onto a three-point lead with 11:11 to play, Toomey and Green connected on consecutive three-pointers, stretching the Jeff lead to 61-52. With the Polar Bears pulling within seven on a Bryan Hurley jumper at 5:15, Amherst scored nine of the game's seven of the game's next eight points, going up 76-63 on a pair of Workman free throws with just 3:10 remaining.

Bowdoin will travel to play at Trinity on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.