Men's Basketball Drops Nailbiter to Tufts in Regular Season Finale

John Swords had 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in the loss
John Swords had 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in the loss

MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team lost its regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon at Tufts, 66-62.

Tufts sophomore Stephen Haladyna matched his career high with 23 points as the Jumbos secured the #7 seed for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament. Bowdoin (19-4) finishes as the #4 seed and will host Trinity at 4:00 p.m. next Saturday, February 22, in a quarterfinal game at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Jumbos prevailed in a tightly contested game that never had a margin beyond seven points. Tufts, which also received 17 points and four assists from Kwame Firempong on Seniors Day, improved to 13-11 overall. John Swords led Bowdoin with 21 points to go with 14 rebounds and three blocks.

Lucas Hausman had 16 points, all in the first half, for the Polar Bears as Bowdoin had led 36-35 at halftime following a Swords put-back at the buzzer. Both teams shot 50 percent from three-point range in the first 20 minutes.

The Jumbos took the lead for good at 50-47 on one of Haladyna's six three-pointers in nine attempts at 12:26 of the second half. A stretch of seven points by Firmepong then gave the hosts a 60-53 advantage with 5:36 remaining in regulation.

The Polar Bears were able to get the game down to one possession, trailing just 64-62 following a dunk by John Swords at the two-minute mark. Tufts could not extend its lead beyond three points, and in the final 25 seconds Bowdoin missed two three-pointers. One would have given them the lead, and the other would have tied the game.