Hausman Leads Men's Basketball To Overtime Win at Bridgewater State

Lucas Hausman led Bowdoin with 24 points in Saturday's win at Colby
Lucas Hausman led Bowdoin with 24 points in Saturday's win at Colby

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Junior guard Lucas Hausman poured in a game-high 28 points to lead the visiting Bowdoin College men's basketball team to an 84-78 overtime victory over Bridgewater State University on Tuesday night at the Tinsley Center.

Hausman connected on 11 of 16 field goal attempts and added five rebounds and a pair of assists. Junior forward Matt Palecki added 16 points, seven boards, two assists and two blocked shots for the visiting Polar Bears who improve to 8-3 on the season.  Senior forward Keegan Pieri chipped in 11 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks, while senior center John Swords notched 12 points, seven boards, two assists and three blocks.

The host Bears also had four players finish in double-figure scoring led by 19 points from senior forward Michael Lofton.  Lofton also paced BSU with nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals.

Bowdoin opened up an 18-point first half lead, only to see Bridgewater State use a 12-3 run before halftime to cut the lead to 43-34 at halftime. Hausman tallied 14 first half points for the Polar Bears, while Palecki added ten.  Clark paced the Bears in the opening stanza with 13 points on 4 of 5 shooting including 3-for-4 from behind the arc.  Lofton scored ten of his 19 points over the first twenty minutes.

Bridgewater carried the momentum into the second half as the Bears outscored the Polar Bears 14-4 over the first four minutes and took their first lead of the game, 48-47, on a DeMelo three-pointer at the 16:04 mark. Hausman reclaimed the lead for the Polar Bears with a short jumper and Bowdoin would maintain the lead until the final minutes.

Trailing 68-59 with under five minutes remaining, Bridgewater came roaring back. DeMelo buried a jumper and followed that up with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 68-64.  Following a turnover, Freshman guard Rocky DeAndrade drained a three-pointer to make it a one-point game, 68-67, with under three minutes remaining.

After each team exchanged scoreless possessions, Pieri made one of two free throws to give Bowdoin the 69-67 lead.  A Gibson jumper tied the score at 69-all with 1:13 left in regulation.  Palecki answered with an uncontested layup, but Gibson responded by knocking down a pair of free throws with just 28 seconds on the clock. The Polar Bears looked as though they might win the game at the free throw line as a foul was called as time expired.  After a brief conversation among the officials, the foul was determined to be on the floor and the Bears were under the limit as the game headed to overtime.

Bowdoin tallied the first four points of the extra session, but the BSU responded with a DeMelo trifecta and a Lofton layup to give the Bears their first lead (76-75) since early in the second half.

A three-pointer by Hausman was answered by a Gibson layup as the game was knotted at 78-78 with under a minute and half remaining.  The Bears, however, would not score again.  Swords knocked down a layup to put the Polar Bears back on top, 80-78 with 1:06 left to play.  The Bears had two chances to either tie the game or take the lead, but a DeMelo runner was blocked by Swords and a long three-pointer with the shot clock winding down was short.

The Bears fouled right away and got the break they needed as the front end of a one-on-one was missed.  Swords, however, corralled the offensive rebound and laid it in to give the visitors the 82-78 lead with just 26 seconds on the clock. After a missed BSU three-pointer, Palecki knocked down a pair of free throws to ice the game.

The Polar Bears travel to NESCAC foe Connecticut College on Friday night to take on the Camels at 7:00 p.m.