Late Bowdoin Rally Falls Short in Road Loss at Southern Maine

Late Bowdoin Rally Falls Short in Road Loss at Southern Maine

GORHAM, Maine - Despite a season-high 32 points and 18 rebounds from Will Hanley, the Bowdoin College men's basketball team came up just short in an 80-79 loss at Southern Maine on Tuesday night.

With the loss, the Polar Bears fall to 3-2. The Huskies improve to 4-1 with the victory.

Hanley's 32 points are one shy of his career high of 33 set last year against Bridgewater State as the senior notched his fourth double-double in five games this year. Ryan O'Connell and Andrew Madlinger each had 13 points in the loss for Bowdoin. The Huskies were led by 21 points from Chris Pagentine.

Neither team shot particularly well in the opening half, as the Huskies held a 29-25 edge at the break. The game remained tight until midway through the period, when an 11-3 run by USM, sparked by six points from Jeremy Jackson, gave the hosts a 63-51 lead with under six minutes to play. Bowdoin mounted a furious comeback, connecting on five three-pointers in the closing minutes, but the Huskies were solid from the stripe, hitting 9-10 free throws in the final 1:31 to seal the win. They proved important as Bowdoin's Matt Mathias nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer closed the final margin to a single point.

The Polar Bears hit just 37% of their shots from the field while USM connected at a 47% clip. The teams were dead-even with 42 rebounds apiece.