Bates Shocks Bowdoin With Huge Second Half

Bates Shocks Bowdoin With Huge Second Half

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bates College men's basketball team rallied from a 17-point halftime deficit to stun Bowdoin 75-71 on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium. The Polar Bears fall to 11-4 (1-2 NESCAC) while the Bobcats (10-9, 1-3 NESCAC) have won three straight against their rivals from Brunswick.

Reid Christian was the difference off the bench for Bates, connecting on 5-6 three-pointers in the second half to spark the Bates rally. He finished with 17 points overall for the Bobcats, who were led by 20 points from Alex Gallant (12-15 from the free throw line). Brian Ellis also netted 17 while Nick Schmiemann had 11 for the visitors. Bowdoin was led by 19 points from Justin Nowell while Will Hanley posted 13 points and 10 rebounds. Randy DeFeo had 13 points while Ryan O'Connell scored 12 for the Polar Bears.

After trading buckets in the early going, Bowdoin controlled the remainder of the first half. The Polar Bears used a 13-4 spurt, capped by a Wyatt Littles three-pointer, to take a 13-point lead midway through the frame. Bowdoin then pushed the lead to as many as 17 points and ended the period with a 38-21 advantage after a Justin Nowell lay-in beat the halftime buzzer. Overall, the Polar Bears shot 56% for the half and held Bates to just 6-30 from the field (20%).

Bates quickly cut into the Bowdoin lead and used a trio of Christian three-pointers in a 12-0 surge that brought them within one point, 47-46, with nine minutes to play. The teams traded the lead three times in the late going, the last of which came on a pair of Brian Ellis free throws with 3:30 remaining. Christian netted another three-pointer to push the Bates lead to 66-62 and the Bobcats iced the game by going 7-8 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes.

Bates shot just 36.7% from the field for the game, but committed just six turnovers compared to 15 for Bowdoin. The Bobcats also went 24-30 from the free throw line as the Polar Bears hit 10 of 20.