Staiger Leads Men's Hoops to Win in Regular Season Finale, Fifth Seed in NESCAC's

Max Staiger scored 18 against Conn. after totaling 23 points in last night's win
Max Staiger scored 18 against Conn. after totaling 23 points in last night's win

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team closed out its regular season with a come-from-behind win at Connecticut College on Saturday, 60-56.

The victory earns the Polar Bears (14-9, 5-5 NESCAC)  the fifth seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament and the right to travel to fourth-seeded Tufts for a NESCAC Quarterfinal game next Saturday, February 16. More tournament details will be announced on Monday. With one game remaining in their league schedule, the Camels fall to 7-15 (0-9 NESCAC).

Maximilian Staiger had his second consecutive outstanding game, posting 18 points, including 8-9 from the free-throw stripe, to lead the Polar Bears. Andrew Madlinger also saw double-figures with 12 points while Lucas Hausman pitched in nine key points off the bench. Connecticut College's Matt Vadas led all players with 20 points.

The Camels used a late 13-2 run in the opening period to take a ten-point lead, 25-15, with under four minutes remaining in the stanza. Vadas hit a pair from the stripe with 35 seconds left in the period to give the hosts a 32-24 edge at the break. Connecticut College shot 35% from the field in the opening half but nailed five three-pointers, including three from Vadas, while holding the Polar Bears to just 28% from the field.

Connecticut College maintained a seven-point lead, 45-38, midway through the second half when Bowdoin mounted their run. The Polar Bears rolled off an 11-0 surge, sparked by Nick Lenker's three-point play that gave the visitors their first lead since the opening moments. A pair of Bryan Hurley free throws gave Bowdoin a 49-45 lead with 5:56 to go.

The Camels were able to rally and tie the score at 54-54 on Vadas' fourth three-pointer of the game with 3:34 to play. But the Polar Bears would never relinquish the lead  and scored the next six points, including a running jumper from Hurley as the shot clock was expiring with 1:28 to go that gave Bowdoin a 58-54 cushion.

Bowdoin shot 52% from the field in the second half to finish at 40% for the game. The Camels held a 39-32 edge in rebounds but committed 14 turnovers to 10 for the Polar Bears.