Men's Basketball Sets Single-Game Scoring Mark In Victory Over UNE

First-year Sam Grad had a career-high 24 points in the win over UNE
First-year Sam Grad had a career-high 24 points in the win over UNE

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team set a new program record for points in a game, defeating UNE in their home debut on Tuesday evening 120-93.

The Polar Bears move to 3-0 on the season with the victory while the Nor'easters fall to 1-3 overall.

Game Highlights

  • UNE was able to set the early pace with their rapid-fire style offense, holding an early 12-5 laed following a Gavin Dibble three-pointer three minutes into the game.
  • Bowdoin settled down and replied with a 15-0 run, capped by a Jack Simonds jumper, to take a 20-12 lead with 13 minutes left in the opening half.
  • The Polar Bears would never trail again, but the Nor'easters remained competitive for most of the first half, cutting the lead to as few as four points, 40-36, following a Drew Patno layup with three minutes left in the stanza.
  • But Bowdoin replied with a 16-5 run, ending on a Sam Grad hoop and free throw, and carried a 12-point lead, 56-44, into halftime.
  • The Polar Bears pushed the lead to twenty points on a David Reynolds three-pointer early in the second half and extended their lead to as many as 32 in the second half.
  • Bowdoin tied the previous school record for points in a game (117 vs. Western New England, 1994) with a pair of free throws by Andy Ward with 1:56 remaining.
  • A KJ Matte three-pointer broke the mark with 45 seconds left in the contest.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin withstood the UNE pressure to connect on 52% of their shots in the game, compared to 32% by the Nor'easters.
  • The Nor'easters were able to stay within shouting distance thanks to 23 made three-pointers in an astounding 73 attempts.
  • Rookie Sam Grad scored a career-high 24 points on 10-11 from the field while David Reynolds added 18 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Four other Bowdoin players saw double figures, including Hugh O'Neil (15 points, 14 rebounds), Jack Bors (16), Stephen Ferraro (14) and Zavier Rucker (11).
  • Ryan Matthews led UNE with 17  points in the loss as 13 different players scored for the visitors.

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears will return to action on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. as they host defending NCAA Champion Babson in Morrell Gymnasium.