BRUNSWICK, Maine - For the second straight night, the Bowdoin College men's basketball team used hot shooting to dispatch a NESCAC foe, defeating Hamilton on Saturday 89-74 in Morrell Gymnasium.
The streaking Polar Bears have won seven of their last eight games and improve to 11-4 (3-1 NESCAC) with the win. The Continentals remain winless in league play as they dip to 10-6 (0-4 NESCAC).
Lucas Hausman spearheaded the Bowdoin offense on Saturday, equaling his career high with 28 points, thanks in great part to a 17-17 performance from the free throw line, the most by a Polar Bear since 1999. Matt Palecki recorded a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 13 rebounds to go with five assists. John Swords had 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocks while Keegan Pieri pitched in 16 points as well for Bowdoin. Bryan Hurley sparked the offense with eight assists.
Hamilton was paced by 21 points off the bench from Kyle Pitman - all of which came on his seven three-pointers. Joseph Lin added 20 points and eight assists for the Continentals.
Bowdoin never trailed, opening up an early 8-2 lead. Hamilton stayed within striking distance, closing to within five points, 32-27, with seven minutes remaining in the opening period. But the Polar Bears rolled off a quick 15-2 spurt over a three-minute span, sparked by a pair of Palecki three-pointers, to open up an 18-point lead. Bowdoin would carry an 18-point lead into halftime, 51-33.
Hamilton tried to get back into the game early in the second half as Pitman scored 18 of his team's first 21 points over a ten-minute span. The Continentals could not cut the lead into single digits, however, as Bowdoin answered every rally to coast to victory.
Bowdoin finished at 54.7% shooting for the game and held a 38-28 lead on the boards, scoring 18 big second-chance points in the victory.
The Polar Bears will return to action with a Wednesday evening game against Maine-Presque Isle at 7:00 p.m. Hamilton will host Williams in its next game on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 3:00 p.m.