Men's Basketball Holds Off Second Half Bridgewater Rally To Remain Unbeaten

Grant White had 12 points and five rebounds Tuesday against Bridgewater
Grant White had 12 points and five rebounds Tuesday against Bridgewater

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Four players scored in double figures as the Bowdoin College men's basketball team defeated Bridgewater State University 64-59 on Tuesday night at Morrell Gym.

The Polar Bears remain unbeaten at 10-0 this season while the Bears fall to 5-7 on the year.

Matt Mathias led Bowdoin with 13 points and four assists while Andrew Madlinger pitched in a dozen points and eight rebounds. Grant White also had 12 points for the Polar Bears who received 11 from Keegan Pieri.

Bridgewater's Michael Lofton was hampered by foul trouble in the opening half but still led his team with 14 points. Brendan Monteiro scored 10 points for the Bears, who received 12 points off the bench from Barrett Murphy.

Bowdoin jumped to a 7-0 lead and controlled most of the opening period, extending their lead to as many as 12 points before settling for an eight point lead, 32-24, at halftime. Bridgewater stormed back into the game with a 10-0 run, sparked by a pair of Murphy three-pointers to take their first lead of the game, 40-39, with 13:56 to go. Bowdoin immediately answered with a trifecta from Matt Mathias to regain the lead, but the teams traded blows until the closing moments.

Tied at 47-47 with under seven minutes to go, Bowdoin rolled off a quick 9-0 surge, keyed by a John Swords dunk, extended on a Madlinger three-pointer and capped by a Keegan Pieri jumper to take a 56-48 edge with 2:30 to go.

The Bears closed the gap to three points on three occasions in the final minute, but Bowdoin replied with made free throws each time to seal the win.

Bowdoin held a 36-26 edge in rebounding for the night and connected on 42% of their attempts from long-range (8-19), compared to 22% (5-22) for Bridgewater.

Bowdoin will return to action Friday night at home as the open NESCAC play against Connecticut College at 8:00 p.m. Bridgewater will host MCLA in their conference opener Thursday at 7:30 p.m.