BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Amherst College men's basketball team needed every one of the 15 three-pointers it hit on Saturday to defeat Bowdoin 70-67 before a packed house at Morrell Gymnasium.
The third-ranked Jeffs (17-3, 6-1 NESCAC) rebound from their first conference loss of the season to defeat the 19th-ranked Polar Bears (17-2, 5-2 NESCAC), who suffer their first home loss of the season.
Connor Green hit six three-pointers to finish with a game-high 26 points while Aaron Toomey nailed four three-pointers and finished with 16 points and 10 assists in the win. Tom Killian had 13 and David Kalema had 12 for the Jeffs.
On Senior Day at Morrell Gym, Bowdoin was led by its senior trio of Andrew Madlinger (19 points) who hit 5-6 from long-distance, 13 points from Matt Mathias and 11 with eight rebounds from Grant White. John Swords scored 12 points in the loss for the Polar Bears.
The Jeffs came out firing, hitting six three pointers in the first eight minutes to take a commanding 27-12 out of the gate. As Amherst cooled down, Bowdoin heated up behind Madlinger. The senior guard sparked an 11-0 run with five straight points to close the gap to 27-23 midway through the period. Bowdoin closed the half on an 8-1 run, taking its first lead of the contest on a Matt Mathias jumper and carried a 37-35 advantage into intermission.
Bowdoin stretched its lead to eight points early in the second half before the Jeffs regained their touch from outside. Amherst hit seven three-pointers in an eight-minute stretch, including three from Green, to go from trailing 45-40 to leading 63-56 with 7:12 on the clock.
Down 65-59 with under three minutes to play, Bowdoin used a 7-3 surge to close the gap to 68-66 following a Madlinger trifecta with 1:25 to go. The Polar Bears closed the gap to 68-67 after a Swords free throw with 24 seconds remaining, but Aaron Toomey knocked down a pair from the stripe to push the lead back to three points, 70-67.
Bowdoin had a pair of looks at game-tying three-pointers, but neither found their mark as Amherst walked away with the win.
The Polar Bears held a 40-19 edge on the boards, but turned the ball over 18 times compared to just five for the Jeffs. Amherst converted those 18 turnovers into 21 points.
Bowdoin will close out its regular-season home slate on Tuesday night against Plymouth State (7:00 p.m.). Amherst will travel to play at Lasell on Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m.
In a pregame ceremony, Bowdoin honored its three-member senior class and their families. Photo courtesy of Brian Beard/www.CIPhotography.com