January 22, 2013

Men's Basketball Escapes Babson With Two-Point Overtime Victory

BABSON PARK, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team survived a furious rally by Babson and came away with a thrilling 68-66 overtime road win on Tuesday evening.

Bowdoin (10-6) was led by Bryan Hurley, who hit four three-pointers for 20 points while also adding eight rebounds, seven assists, and four steals. Andrew Madlinger chipped in 12 points and sophomore Keegan Pieri finished with eight points and eight boards. Junior Matt Palazini hit five three-pointers on his way to a game-high 25 points for Babson.

After the Polar Bears built a 26-12 lead with 5:33 to go in the first half, Babson (10-9) came storming back to trail by only four, 29-25, at the break. The Polar Bears then re-extended the lead to double figures six different times in the second stanza, including a 57-47 cushion with five minutes left in regulation, before a 12-0 run gave the Beavers their first advantage of the period, 59-57, with 49 seconds on the clock. Bowdoin tied the game on a jumper by first-year Lucas Hausman with 25 seconds left, and Babson freshman Travis Sheldon's jumper from the right corner at the buzzer proved too long as the two teams went into overtime.

The Polar Bears scored the first four points of the extra session, and a conventional three-point play by Madlinger made it a five-point game, 66-61, with 1:26 to go. The Beavers answered with a baseline jumper by junior Kenny Ross and a free throw by sophomore John Wickey to get to within two with 37.9 remaining, but Hurley hit back-to-back free throws to once again make it a two-possession contest, 68-64, with 30.4 on the clock.
 
Ross hit a driving lay-up to trim the deficit back to two, and a missed free throw at the other end gave the Beavers a chance to tie with 17 seconds left. However, senior Russ Braithwaite's contested shot from the right side of the lane went off the backboard and into the arms of Madlinger as the buzzer sounded, giving the Polar Bears the 68-66 win.


Bowdoin now holds an 18-15 edge over Babson in the all-time series that dates back to 1974. The Polar Bears will return to the court on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.