Men's Basketball Bounces Back With Road Victory at Hamilton

Men's Basketball Bounces Back With Road Victory at Hamilton
John Swords joined Keegan Pieri with 18 points in Saturday's win at Hamilton

CLINTON, N.Y. - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team rebounded from its first loss of the season Friday to handily beat Hamilton, 85-66, Saturday at Scott Field House.

The 19th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 13-1 (3-1 NESCAC) with the win while the Continentals fall to 8-8 (1-3 NESCAC).

Five Bowdoin players saw double-figures, led by 18 apiece from Keegan Pieri and John Swords. Andrew Madlinger and Lucas Hausman had 15 each while Matt Mathias pitched in 12 points in the win. Matt Hart led Hamilton with 27 points in the loss.

The Polar Bears came out firing, opening up an 18-8 lead and carrying a 39-25 advantage into halftime. Hamilton was able to cut into the Bowdoin lead midway through the second half, coming as close as eight points, 66-58, following a Hart three-pointer with 5:50 to go.

The teams would trade buckets for the next two minutes until Bowdoin closed the game on a 16-4 run over the final four minutes to seal the win.

Bowdoin held a 35-31 edge in rebounding and connected on 48% of its shots for the game. The teams combined to attempt 63 free throws in the game, with the Polar Bears hitting an impressive 31-35 (88%) attempts from the charity stripe. Hamilton went 25-28 (89%) from the line.

The Polar Bears will return to action Tuesday evening at home against the University of Maine-Presque Isle. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.