HARTFORD, Conn. - Ryan O'Connell hit seven three-pointers and totaled a career-high 27 points to lead the Bowdoin College men's basketball team to 77-74 overtime win at Trinity College on Friday night. The Polar Bears earn a key NESCAC win and snap a two-game losing streak to improve to 12-4 (2-2 NESCAC). The Bantams have lost three straight games and fall to 10-9 (1-3 NESCAC).
O'Connell was red-hot from long-range, connecting on seven of his eight attempts from beyond the arc. Will Hanley pitched in 21 points and six rebounds while Justin Nowell added eight points and eight assists. Luke MacDougall had 23 points and 10 caroms for the Bantams, who also received double figures in scoring from Eric Dean (15) and Ian Fels (11).
The Polar Bears carried a three-point edge into intermission thanks to four of O'Connell's trifectas. Bowdoin pushed their lead to as many as eight points, on a Tom Carter three-pointer with 12:20 remaining. But the Bantams responded with a stunning 11-0 run, capped by a Fels three-pointer to take the lead, 57-54, with seven minutes to go.
Trinity pushed the lead to six points, 62-56, with 4:30 to go, but a quick five-point personal run by Hanley, who hit a layup, blocked a shot and then converted a hoop-and-harm all within 30 seconds, drew the visitors to within 62-61 with four minutes to go. MacDougall hit a pair of free throws to raise the lead to three points again, but O'Connell buried another three-pointer to tie the game at 64. Bowdoin took the lead with under two minutes to play on two freebies from Nowell, but MacDougall forced overtime with a lay-in with 39 seconds remaining.
O'Connell's final three-pointer of the night gave Bowdoin the lead for good in overtime as the Polar Bears connected on six free throws and outscored Trinity 11-8 in the extra session to secure the victory.