Bowdoin Ends First Semester With Convincing Victory Over Bates

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team closed out its first semester in style, earning a 69-48 victory over rival Bates at Morrell Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.

The Polar Bears enter break with a 7-2 overall record having completed a weekend sweep of Maine rivals Colby and Bates. The Bobcats fall to 5-3 this year with the loss. Sunday's contest was the non-league match-up between the squads, who will play in Lewiston on January 14 in the NESCAC game.

Will Hanley led the way for Bowdoin, scoring 17 points with eight rebounds. Andrew Madlinger had 11 points for the Polar Bears, who also got 10 apiece from Bryan Hurley and Ryan O'Connell. John Squires had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who played without leading scorer Ed Bogdanovich.

Bates jumped out of the gate quickly, connecting on its first five shots and taking a 10-2 lead just three minutes into the contest. Bowdoin clamped down defensively after that, allowing just five made field goals over the final 16 minutes of the half as the Bobcats hit just 5-24 for the remainder of the stanza. The Polar Bears took advantage and mounted a 16-2 run, sparked by a pair of Bryan Hurley three-pointers and a dunk by Will Hanley to take a lead they would never relinquish.

On the strength of 60% shooting in the period, Bowdoin carried a 38-26 edge into the break. The Polar Bears pushed the lead to as many as 18 points early in the second half before a brief 9-2 surge by the Bobcats trimmed the lead to 51-40 with 11:30 to go. Bates had a pair of possessions to cut the lead into single digits, but came away empty as Bowdoin answered with a 9-3 spurt, highlighted by a Keegan Pieri trifecta, to put the game out of reach.

Bowdoin shot 54.9% from the field for the game and connected on 6-12 from three-point range. Bates went 18-58 from the field (31.0%) and hit just 8-26 attempts from long distance. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Polar Bears against the Bobcats. Bowdoin's last victory in the series came on January 22, 2010.