WATERVILLE, Maine - Andrew Madlinger tied his career-high with 28 points, including six three-pointers, as the Bowdoin men's basketball team won its second game over an in-state rival in as many nights, 82-64, over Colby.
Coming off a buzzer beater against Bates last evening, the Polar Bears improve to 7-0 with their blowout of the Mules and are off to the best start in program history. Colby falls to 4-3 with the loss.
Madlinger started red-hot, opening 5-for-5 and nailed his first four three-point attempts as Bowdoin shot 59.3 percent (16-for-27) in the first half. Colby was able to hang around, however, and only trailed 38-30 at the break.
Colby appeared to catch a break when Bowdoin center John Swords picked up his third and fourth fouls in the opening minutes of the second half, but Bowdoin responded by extending their lead with a crucial 10-2 run to take a 58-38 lead with 13:12 to play. Colby never got closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
Swords again was outstanding for Bowdoin, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to post his fourth double-double of the season. He has scored in double digits in each of Bowdoin's games this season and has hit 28 of his last 31 shots (.903) over the last three games. Keegan Pieri added 10 points for Bowdoin. Grant White had a game-high seven assists and Matt Mathias had six in the win. Luke Westman was 7-for-9 from the field and 8-for-8 from the foul line on the way to 22 points and five assists for Colby.
Bowdoin finished the game with 54.8 percent (34-for-62) shooting from the field and 50 percent (9-for-18) from 3-point range. The Polar Bears had assists on 23 of their 34 field goals. Colby was 14-for-15 from the foul line and only had eight turnovers in the game, but Bowdoin had a dominating 39-23 advantage on the boards.
The Polar Bears will return to action with a road game on Tuesday night at Maine Maritime. Bowdoin will close out their first semester with a home game on Friday, December 13 against Maine Farmington.