WATERVILLE, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team recorded its highest point total since February of 2011 in a dominating 106-42 win over Thomas on Tuesday evening.
The 19th-ranked Polar Bears improve to 16-1 on the season as five players reached double-digits in the win. Thomas falls to 6-11 with the loss.
Andrew Madlinger connected on five three-pointers to lead Bowdoin with 17 points. Matt Mathias added 16 with five assist while Lucas Hausman also recorded 16 in the win. Neil Fuller (11) and Keegan Pieri (10) also reached double figures for the Polar Bears. Mike Akanji led Thomas with eight points in the defeat.
The teams traded buckets in the early going until a 20-6 Bowdoin run, sparked by a trio of three-pointers from Madlinger, Grant White and Mathias, gave the visitors a commanding 27-13 lead midway through the half. The Polar Bears connected on a scalding 58% of their shots in the first half, including 62% (10-16) from long range to take a 56-23 lead at halftime.
Bowdoin's defense was outstanding, holding Thomas to just 25% shooting for the game and forcing 13 turnovers. The Polar Bears held a 55-23 edge in rebounding in the victory. Bowdoin's bench alone outscored the entire Thomas team by a margin of 51-42.
The Polar Bears will host a huge weekend of NESCAC action this Friday against Trinity (8:00 p.m.) and Saturday against Amherst (4:00 p.m.)