Men's Basketball Outlasts Saints In Season Debut

David Reynolds pitched in 13 points in the victory over St. Lawrence (photo courtesy of Westfield State)
David Reynolds pitched in 13 points in the victory over St. Lawrence (photo courtesy of Westfield State)

WESTFIELD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team got its 2017-18 season off to a strong start with an impressive 80-74 victory over St. Lawrence in the opening round of the Rick Martin – Holiday Inn Express Tip-Off Tournament Friday evening.

The Polar Bears (1-0) earn their first win of the season and advance to play the host Westfield State Owls in the title match on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. St. Lawrence falls to 1-1 on the season with the loss.

Game Highlights

  • The game was tight throughout but Bowdoin never trailed at any point in the contest.
  • Bowdoin opened up a 31-24 lead at halftime, but the Saints crawled back, using an 11-4 surge to cut the Polar Bear lead to 38-37 with 16:02 to go.
  • The Polar Bears replied with a three-pointer from Liam Farley to regain a four-point cushion
  • St. Lawrence stayed within striking distance until a 12-3 spurt by Bowdoin, capped by a Hugh O'Neil layup, gave the Polar Bears a 12-point edge with 7:21 remaining.
  • The Saints again chipped away, coming within one point with 3:43 left following a three-pointer by Riley Naclerio, only to have Bowdoin's David Reynolds sink a trifecta in reply.
  • Bowdoin pushed the lead to as many as nine down the stretch and St. Lawrence could get no closer than six for the rest of the contest.

By The Numbers

  • Jack Simonds was outstanding, scoring 24 points, including 10-10 from the free throw line to put the game on ice. He also grabbed seven rebounds for the Polar Bears.
  • David Reynolds put home 13 points while Jack Bors and Liam Farley had 12 each. Hugh O'Neil led Bowdoin with 11 rebounds.
  • Bowdoin held a 42-33 edge in rebounding and scored a crucial 14 second-chance points in the victory.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will face Westfield State in the championship game of the tournament at 4:00 p.m. Saturday.