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.
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.