BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's basketball team jumped out early and never relinquished its lead in a 88-70 win over visiting Middlebury on Sunday afternoon.
The Polar Bears improve to 15-6 on the season and pull to 5-3 in conference play. The Panthers drop to 15-6 (4-3 NESCAC) despite a game-high 23 points from Matt. St. Amour.
Lucas Hausman paced the Bowdoin offense with 21 points, followed closely by John Swords with 20 and Bryan Hurley who tallied 17 including going 5-10 in three-point range. Matt Palecki also scored in double digits for the Polar Bears draining 13 points along with a team leading eight rebounds. Dylan Sinnickson pitched in 13 points for the Panthers while pulling down nine rebounds, with Matt Daley scoring ten points off the bench.
Bowdoin jumped out to a quick 12-3 lead sparked by a pair of threes from Hurley but Middlebury chipped away with an 11-3 run that began with a St. Amour shot outside the arc. The Polar Bears took control once again as Palecki and Swords combined for 14 points to widen the gap and help send Bowdoin to the locker room with a 45-35 lead.
Daley opened the second half with back-to-back jumpers to cut the advantage down to six points. Middlebury would answer every Bowdoin score over the next five minutes, never allowing the Polar Bears to regain a double-digit lead until John Swords finally pushed the score to 59-49 with 14 minutes remaining. Bowdoin held the Panthers to just four free throws over a six minutes stretch which allowed the combination of Jake Donnelly and Hausman to push Bowdoin's lead to 79-60, effectively eliminating any chance at a late run for Middlebury.
Bowdoin shot just over 52% from the field and an even 50% from outside the arc. Middlebury managed 39% from two-point range and 28% from the three. Both teams tallied 38 rebounds, and the Polar Bears held a decisive 15-2 points off turnovers advantage over the visitors.
Bowdoin returns to Morrell Gym on Friday night with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Bates. The Panthers play a non-conference Tuesday night home game against Lyndon State at 7:00 p.m.