Huge Second Half Leads Men's Basketball Over Plymouth State

Lucas Hausman scored 32 points in Tuesday's win over Plymouth State
Lucas Hausman scored 32 points in Tuesday's win over Plymouth State

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to stun Plymouth State, 79-66, on Tuesday evening.

The Polar Bears, who outscored the Panthers by an astounding 47-19 margin in the second half, improve to 14-6 on the season. Plymouth State falls to 7-13 on the year with the loss.

Lucas Hausman continued his red hot play, scoring a game-high 32 points for the Polar Bears, setting a new career high for the second time in the last three games. John Swords recorded a double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Matt Palecki scored 13 points and corralled eight rebounds for Bowdoin.

Brian Boulay and Ernie Johnson sparked Plymouth in the opening half, scoring ten points apiece. The Panthers scored six three-pointers in the opening period, extending their lead to as many as 19 points and taking a 15-point edge, 47-32, into the locker room.

Bowdoin exploded out of the gate in the second half on a 14-3 run, closing the gap to just four points following a Hausman lay-up with 12:46 to go. Plymouth still maintained a six-point lead, 56-50, with under nine minutes to go, but Bowdoin battled back to tie the game at 60 apiece with 5:05 to go. John Swords gave Bowdoin the lead for good with a dunk on the next Polar Bear possession and sparked the decisive 13-2 run that put the game out of reach.

Bowdoin shot a scalding 68% of their shots in the second half and held a 38-25 advantage in rebounding. The Polar Bears dominated in the paint, scoring 52 points to 20 for Plymouth.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with an important NESCAC home contest against Middlebury.