Bench Leads Men's Basketball To NESCAC-Opening Win Over Conn College

Matt Palecki's 14 points off the bench helped Bowdoin to the win over Conn

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team never trailed en route to a 64-47 win over Connecticut College in both teams' NESCAC opener Friday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears remain unbeaten at 11-0 this season while the Camels drop to 6-5 on the year.

Bowdoin received an outstanding performance from its bench in the victory, getting 28 points from its reserves to clinch the win. Keegan Pieri led Bowdoin with 15 points while Matt Palecki scored 14 points and grabbed five boards in 13 minutes for the Polar Bears. Lucas Hausman also added 11 points off the bench.

Matt Vadas had 12 points for the Camels, while Mason Lopez scored 12 and swiped five steals for Conn. College.

Bowdoin jumped to an 8-0 lead out of the gate and held a double-digit advantage for most of the opening half. Hausman drove to the hoop and beat the buzzer with a layup to give the hosts a 32-19 edge at intermission.

The Camels attempted to mount a comeback, drawing to within seven points at 40-33 with 12 minutes remaining. But Palecki came up big for Bowdoin, getting an offensive rebound and converting a lay-up and free throw to stymie the Camel comeback. The play sparked a decisive 11-2 run for Bowdoin that pushed their lead to 16 points, 51-35, with under seven minutes to go.

Bowdoin was efficient from the field, converting on 51% of their shots and 45% (5-11) from long-range. Conn. College struggled from the field, shooting just 32% from the game and 21% (7-32) from three-point range. Bowdoin held a 39-25 edge in rebounding for the contest.

The Polar Bears will host Wesleyan at 4:00 p.m. Saturday in Morrell Gymnasium. The Camels will travel to play at Colby on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.