Big Second Half Lifts Bridgewater State Over Bowdoin in Men's Basketball

Keegan Pieri led five Bowdoin players in double figures with 16 against Maine Maritime
Keegan Pieri led five Bowdoin players in double figures with 16 against Maine Maritime

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - The Bridgewater State men's basketball team rallied from a halftime deficit to pull away for a 79-65 win over Bowdoin on Tuesday evening.

The Polar Bears fall to 12-9 with a loss in their final non-conference game of the season. Bridgewater State improves to 10-11 with the victory.

Keegan Pieri led Bowdoin with 16 points and seven rebounds while Andrew Madlinger scored 12. Matt Mathias totaled 11 points while John Swords added 10 points off the bench for the Polar Bears. Brendan McDonald led all players with 19 points, including five three-pointers, for Bridgewater.

Pieri scored 12 of his points in the opening period as the Polar Bears connected on 59% of their shots to take a 15-point lead in the opening half before settling for a 42-37 edge at intermission.

The roles switched in the second half, however, as the hosts heated up from the field, knocking down 53% of their shots. Bridgewater used a 12-0 run immediately after intermission to take the lead for good. The hosts later used a 15-2 surge to push their lead to 20 points with under five minutes to play.

McDonald scored 13 points as the Polar Bears went cold and committed 10 second-half turnovers. In all, Bridgewater scored 26 points off of 15 Bowdoin turnovers. The Polar Bears held a 33-30 edge in rebounding, but Bridgewater grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and converted 16 second-chance points.

Bowdoin will close out their regular season this weekend in Connecticut with road games at Wesleyan on Friday (6:00 p.m.) and Connecticut College on Saturday (2:00 p.m.). The Polar Bears will look to seal a trip to the NESCAC Tournament which begins on Saturday, February 16.