Hausman and Hurley Lead Men's Basketball to Big Road Win at Colby

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

WATERVILLE, Maine - Lucas Hausman and Bryan Hurley combined for 47 points as the Bowdoin College men's basketball team overcame a nine-point halftime deficit on the way to a 68-65 win over Colby College for a big NESCAC win on Saturday afternoon.

Bowdoin moved to 13-4 overall and 4-1 in conference play, while the Mules are 11-7 overall and 3-2 in the league.

Hausman had 24 points, including a 7-for-7 effort from the foul line, six rebounds, and four assists. Hurley added 23 points and dished three assists. Matt Palecki had eight points and John Swords pulled down 10 rebounds.

Chris Hudnut led Colby with 19 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and two blocked shots. Sam Willson added 14 points, including 4-for-7 from 3-point range, Luke Westman had 11 points, six rebounds, and five assists. The Mules also received 10 points and nine boards from Ryan Jann.
Bowdoin had slight edges in field goal shooting (39.7 to 38.3) and rebounding (39-38). The Polar Bears helped their cause with a 16-for-18 effort from the free-throw line to Colby's 10-for-15.

In front of one of the biggest crowds in several seasons in Waterville, Colby came out strong and never trailed in the opening half. The Mules scored the final five points of the half to go up 36-27 at the break. The final two points came on a breakaway slam dunk by Westman.

Bowdoin's defense clamped down on Colby in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. The Mules had trouble getting off quality shots, but still led 43-38 with 14:39 to play.

With the score 47-42, Bowdoin nailed back-to-back 3-point shots to go ahead. Hausman hit the first one to make it 47-45 and Liam Farley followed with the second with 10:09 to play for a 48-47 Polar Bear lead.

After Westman went 1-for-2 from the foul line to make it a 48-48 game, Hausman and Farley each scored four points to open up a 56-50 margin with 5:30 to go.

Bowdoin led by as much as eight points with 28 seconds left. The Mules hit a pair of late three-pointers to cut into the final margin.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Tuesday evening at home against Husson at 7:00 p.m