January 17, 2014

Men's Basketball Drops First Game of the Season at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Williams College men's basketball team held off a late Bowdoin rally to hand the Polar Bears their first loss of the season Friday evening, 69-64.

In a battle of nationally-ranked teams, the 10th-ranked Ephs improve to 12-2 (2-1 NESCAC) while the 19th-ranked Polar Bears drop to 12-1 (2-1 NESCAC), concluding their longest-ever win streak to open a season in program history.

Lucas Hausman led Bowdoin with 18 points in the setback while Andrew Madlinger posted 14 and Keegan Pieri had 10. Williams got standout performances from Michael Mayer, who netted a game-high 26 points, and Duncan Robinson, who scored 24.

Williams carried a slim 30-27 lead into halftime, but used an early 10-0 run in the second half to open up a 14-point lead, 49-35, with under 13 minutes to go. Bowdoin stayed within striking distance and used a 10-2 surge, sparked by a Hausman three-pointer, to cut the lead to 58-54 with six minutes remaining. The teams traded buckets until Madlinger made it a one-point game, 65-64, with just over a minute to go.

After a defensive stop, Bowdoin had a possession to take the lead, but Grant White's open three-pointer from the left wing rattled in-and-out and Mayer grabbed the carom. Mayer hit both free throw attempts to make it 67-64 with 15 seconds left to play. Mathias just missed a game-tying three pointer on the next Bowdoin possession and Williams hit free throws to seal the win.

Williams held a 33-28 edge in rebounding and connected on 11-27 from three-point range in the victory.

The Polar Bears will hit the court again on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton.