Staiger Scores Career High as Men's Basketball Survives Late Surge by Wesleyan

Max Staiger scored a career high 23 points as Bowdoin topped Wesleyan 75-68
Max Staiger scored a career high 23 points as Bowdoin topped Wesleyan 75-68

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Maximilian Staiger scored a career high 23 points to lead the Bowdoin College men's basketball team in a 75-68 victory Saturday night over Wesleyan.

Staiger scored a game high 23 points, shooting 9-11 from the field, 4-4 on the line, and pulling down three rebounds. All five Bowdoin starters saw double figures as Matt Mathias, Andrew Madlinger, and Keegan Pieri all scored 12 points apiece. Pieri led the Polar Bears with nine rebounds and four blocks while Bryan Hurley scored 10 points and dished out eight assists.

Shasha Brown led the Cardinals with 22 points and four rebounds. Derick Beresford contributed 19, going 8-16 and 3-8 in three-point range.

The Polar Bears scored first in tonight's matchup, but would not take the lead again until Keegan Pieri knocked down a 3-pointer to put Bowdoin on top 13-10. Wesleyan chipped away with a 6-0 run leaving the score tied 18-18 at 9:34. A pair of threes from Brian Bartner gave Wesleyan its last lead of the night before Staiger put away a 3-pointer sparking a 19-7 Bowdoin run. The largest lead the Polar Bears had in the first came with 1:13 remaining, following a Staiger layup that put Bowdoin ahead 41-31. Wesleyan closed out the half with a bucket from Mike Callaghan cutting the lead to eight.

Bowdoin maintained its lead through the opening six minutes of play, holding a 10-6 advantage in scoring, before Wesleyan called a timeout. The Polar Bears took a commanding 16-point lead off a three-point effort from Grant White at 12:18. Staiger bumped the score to 67-50 at 6:36 following a pair of free throws. Wesleyan answered with a, 18-4 run over the next five minutes, pulling within 3 following a layup from Brown at 1:13. Staiger pushed Bowdoin's lead to 73-68 with 13 seconds remaining. Wesleyan called for a final time-out, but was unable to close the gap after Hurley hit both his attempts from the line and pulled down a defensive rebound after a missed shot by Wesleyan as time expired.

Wesleyan held a 35-24 advantage on the boards, but committed 13 turnovers resulting in 16 Bowdoin points. The Polar Bears shot 50% from the field and 10-11 on free throws and committed just seven turnovers the entire game.

Bowdoin will travel to New London on Sunday for a 2:00 p.m. contest at Connecticut College.