Men's Basketball Drops First Game of the Season in Road Loss at Babson

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BABSON PARK, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, 68-48, at Babson on Monday evening.

With its fourth straight victory, Babson is now 5-1 overall, while Bowdoin suffered its first loss of the year to fall to 4-1. The Polar Bears lead the all-time series between the schools 19-16 as the Beavers snapped a three-game losing streak to Bowdoin with the win.

Senior John Swords posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Polar Bears. Classmate Keegan Pieri added 11 points and junior Lucas Hausman chipped in with 10 points. Joey Flannery led all scorers with 19 for the Beavers while Sam Bohmiller buried six three-pointers and finished with 18.

Babson missed nine of its first 11 shots and trailed 6-4 at the 13:44 mark of the opening half before taking the lead for good with a quick 8-0 spurt that was capped by a three-pointer from Bohmiller with 11:46 remaining in the stanza. A trey from Pieri got Bowdoin within 16-13 with 8:44 to go in the period, but the Beavers closed the half with an 18-8 run to build a 14-point lead at the break, 35-21.

Bowdoin cut its deficit to 13 early in the second half and trailed 47-31 following a traditional three-point play by Pieri before the Beavers put the game out of reach with another 8-0 spurt that pushed the lead to 55-31 with 11:15 left in the contest.

The Beavers shot 44.9 percent (22-of-49) from the floor and finished with a 42-33 edge on the glass. Bowdoin shot just 28.8 percent (15-of-52) from the field and made just four of their 18 three-point attempts.

The Polar Bears travel to Bates on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tip-off.