Madlinger Leads Men's Basketball to Win in NESCAC Opener Against Hamilton

Andrew Madlinger hit five three-pointers in Bowdoin's win over Hamilton
Andrew Madlinger hit five three-pointers in Bowdoin's win over Hamilton

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Andrew Madlinger scored a game-high 23 points to lead a second-half surge by the Bowdoin men's basketball team in a 64-51 victory over Hamilton on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

In the NESCAC opener for both teams, Bowdoin improves to 7-2 (1-0 NESCAC) while the Continentals fall to 7-6 (0-1 NESCAC).

Madlinger knocked down five three-pointers to lead the Polar Bears while Bryan Hurley had 12 points, seven assists and three steals. Maximilian Staiger also saw double figures with 12 points and five boards for the hosts. Hamilton was paced by 12 points from Bradley Gifford and 11 points from Greg Newton.

A back-and-forth opening half saw the Polar Bears carry a slim 29-28 edge into the break. The Continentals regained the lead on their opening possession of the second period on a three-pointer from Eric Benvenuti, 31-29, but Bowdoin quickly answered with a quick 8-0 spurt. Capped by three-pointers from Madlinger and Hurley the run gave Bowdoin a 41-33 lead with 14:52 to go.

After Hamilton trimmed the lead to five points on a pair of Peter Kazickas free throws with 12:19 to play, 43-38, Bowdoin used a decisive 14-2 surge to put the contest out of reach. When Staiger finished the run with a put-back lay-in with 6:40 to go, the Polar Bears had increased their lead to 57-40.

Bowdoin held a slim 37-34 edge on the glass, but grabbed 12 offensive boards for 21 critical second-chance points. The Polar Bears also hit 10-18 from three-point range in the victory.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Tuesday evening at home against Maine Presque Isle at 7:00 p.m. The Continentals will play at Colby on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.