Men's Basketball Remains Unbeaten by Besting Babson

Matt Mathias led the Polar Bears with 15 points against Babson
Matt Mathias led the Polar Bears with 15 points against Babson

BRUNSWICK, Maine— The Bowdoin men's basketball team handed Babson their first setback of the season with a 66-54 home win on Sunday afternoon in Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears extend their win streak to 4-0, while handing the Beavers (4-1) their first loss of the season.

Matt Mathias led the Polar Bears with 15 points, while John Swords chipped in with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Andrew Madlinger had 11 points, and classmate Grant White chipped in with 10 points, three rebounds and two assists for the Polar Bears. John Wickey lead the Beavers with 18 points and six rebounds, while teammates Eric Dean and David Mack each added 10 points. Mack also had six rebounds, including five on the offensive end, while Kenny Ross dished out a game-high six assists.

Babson knocked down four of its first six three-pointers, including back-to-back triples from Matt Palazini and Dean to take a 12-11 lead at the 13:39 mark of the opening half. Bowdoin came right back, getting a three-pointer from White, followed by hoops from Lucas Hausman and Mathias to go in front, 18-12, with 11:33 left in the stanza.

Trailing the Polar Bears by nine following a pair of free throws from Madlinger, five straight points from Mack helped the Beavers get within 29-25 at the 3:46 mark. Bowdoin closed the half with an 11-0 run that included five points from Mathias, and three each from Swords and Madlinger to give the Polar Bears a 40-25 leading heading into the break.

The Polar Bears took their biggest lead of the game at 53-34 following an offensive rebound and put back by Swords with 7:36 to go in the game. Dean tried to keep the Beavers in the game, scoring seven straight points to trim the deficit to 53-41 with 5:29 to go, but Pieri knocked down a jumper, and converted a feed from Mathias to put Bowdoin up 57-41 with 3:29 left.

The Polar Bears shot 11-for-18 from the floor in the second half and shot 60 percent (27-for-45) for the game. Babson struggled to find its offensive rhythm in the second half, shooting just 33 percent (9-for-27) from the floor and 26.7 percent (4-for-15) from behind the arc.

Babson will play its fourth straight road game on Wednesday night when it travels to Newbury for a 7 p.m. tip, while Bowdoin will be at Southern Maine on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.