Men's Hoops Jumps Ahead Early, Holds Off Late Williams Rally For Win

Keegan Pieri had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's win over Williams
Keegan Pieri had 20 points and 10 rebounds in Friday's win over Williams

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Keegan Pieri scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds to lead the Bowdoin College men's basketball team to a 67-60 win over Williams at Morrell Gymnasium on Friday night.

The Polar Bears, who jumped to an big lead and held off a late rally by the Ephs, improve to 10-4 (2-1 NESCAC). Williams falls to 10-5 (1-2 NESCAC) with the setback.

Pieri paced a balanced Bowdoin attack with his fourth 20-point scoring game of the campaign and finished with 10 caroms and four assists in the victory. Lucas Hausman put home 17 points and eight rebounds while Bryan Hurley scored 14 with eight assists and six rebounds for the Polar Bears.

Williams' Daniel Aronowitz led all players with 22 points while Daniel Wohl pitched in 14 and seven rebounds. Ryan Kilcullen also saw double figures with 11 for the Ephs.

Bowdoin's red-hot shooting, combined with early struggles for the Ephs, saw the hosts sprint to a 17-point halftime lead. The Polar Bears knocked down six first-half three-pointers while the Ephs went 4-19 from long distance in the opening stanza.

The Polar Bears pushed their lead to as many as 20 points early in the second half and still maintained a double-digit lead, 57-45, with under six minutes to play. Three pointers from Aronowitz and Kilcullen sparked a 7-2 run for the Ephs that trimmed the lead to a single possession, 61-58, with under a minute to go.

The Ephs would get no closer, however, as the Polar Bears netted six free throws over the final 41 seconds to seal the victory. Bowdoin finished at 43% shooting for the game and went 8-16 from three-point range. Williams buried just 31.7% of its shots and struggled to a 12-43 (27.9%) performance from long range. Bowdoin held a 44-33 edge on the glass.

Both teams are back in action on Saturday afternoon as Bowdoin hosts Hamilton and Williams travels to Colby. Both games are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. tip-offs.