WATERVILLE, Maine - Andrew Madlinger scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds to lead the Bowdoin College men's basketball team to an important 63-49 NESCAC win at Colby on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears never trailed on their way to improving to 11-6 (3-3 NESCAC) this season. Colby drops to 6-12 (2-4 NESCAC) overall.
Madlinger's 18 points were his highest since recording 23 on January 4 against Hamilton. His ten rebounds and four steals were both season highs for the junior, who connected on 3-5 from long-range in the win. He was joined in double digits by Matt Mathias (13), who has reached double figures in three of his last four games, and Bryan Hurley, who netted 12 points and dealt eight assists.
Colby was paced by 14 points from Danny Chase and 12 points from Gordon Fischer.
Bowdoin scored the first bucket of the game and used a quick 11-0 surge to extend its lead to 18-6 midway through the opening period. The Polar Bear lead sat in double figures for the majority of the half as the visitors hit five of their eight three-pointers to take a 34-20 lead into the locker room.
The Mules would get as close as eight points in the second half, following a Shane Rogers lay-in with 7:06 to go. But Hurley answered with a three-pointer on Bowdoin's next possession and the hosts would get no closer. The Polar Bears led by as many as 18 points in the closing moments en route to victory.
The Polar Bears connected on 44.9% of their shots for the game, including 8-19 from three-point range, while the Mules hit on just 34.5%, including a 4-20 effort from beyond the arc. Bowdoin held a 39-30 edge on the boards and survived 19 turnovers that resulted directly in 18 points for Colby.
Including Bowdoin's non-conference win against the Mules on December 7, the Polar Bears have won the last six meetings between the schools dating back to the beginning of the 2010-11 season. It is Bowdoin's longest consecutive win streak against Colby in the rivalry's 71-year history. The Polar Bears have won 11 of the last 13 meetings dating back to 2007.