Men's Basketball Dispatches Presque Isle With Second Half Surge

Bryan Hurley led Bowdoin with 17 points and seven assists
Bryan Hurley led Bowdoin with 17 points and seven assists

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team used a huge second half run to pull away from the University of Maine-Presque Isle on Wednesday evening at Morrell Gymnasium, 78-57.

The Polar Bears have won eight of their last nine outings and improve to 12-4 on the season. The Owls have lost four of their last five games and fall to 9-8 this year.

Bryan Hurley scored 17 points, dished eight assists and had three steals to spark the Polar Bears. Matt Palecki added 15 points and six rebounds while John Swords had 12 points and eight caroms. Lucas Hausman also saw double figures with 11 points for Bowdoin.

The Owls were paced by a game-high 18 points from Kevin Collins. Chase Vicare pitched in 12 points while Maurice Harris had 10 for the visitors.

Presque Isle came out firing, sprinting to an early 10-2 lead. Bowdoin chipped away at the advantage, taking the lead for good, 22-21, on a Jake Donnelly lay-up with under six minutes remaining in the half. The Polar Bears closed the half on a 16-7 run, getting a buzzer-beater from Hurley to take a 36-28 lead into the break.

After Vicare trimmed the lead to 36-31 on a three-point play immediately after halftime, Bowdoin took command with an authoritative 28-4 run to put the contest out of reach. Hurley sparked the run with 12 points as the Polar Bears extended their advantage to 62-35 with 12:03 to go. Bowdoin led by as many as 29 points down the stretch on their way to the win.

The Polar Bears shot 57.7% for the contest, holding UMPI to just 39% from the field. Bowdoin owned a 36-18 edge on the glass.

Bowdoin will return to action on Saturday with a NESCAC contest at Colby (3:00 p.m.). Presque Isle will return to action on Saturday when they host Southern Maine Community College (3:00 p.m.).