BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team squandered a 17-point second half lead, but rebounded in overtime to knock off 10th-ranked Babson on Sunday at Morrell Gymnasium, 88-84.
In the win, Bowdoin senior Lucas Hausman became the 24th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The Polar Bears improve to 2-2 while the Beavers drop their first game of the season and dip to 5-1.
- Bowdoin carried a 36-27 lead into halftime thanks to seven first-half three-pointers, including four from first-year Jack Simonds
- Tied at 20-20 midway through the frame, Bowdoin used a 16-2 run to take a commanding 36-22 advantage
- Babson used a 5-0 surge in the final minute to trim Bowdoin's lead to nine points at the break
- The Polar Bears came out firing again early in the second half, using a 9-2 run that featured five points from Jake Donnelly to extend their lead to 16 points, 45-29
- Bowdoin would stretch their advantage to 17 points following a Hausman lay-in, 51-34, with 14:54 to go and maintained a 15-point lead, 59-44, with under ten minutes to play
- Babson began to chip away with a 12-2 run that featured consecutive lay-ins from Joey Flannery to close the gap to 61-56 with 6:13 to go
- With Bowdoin holding a 67-61 lead with under five minutes to play, Flannery hit a three-pointer to spark a 7-0 Beaver run and give the visitors their first lead since the opening minutes, 68-67
- Bowdoin answered immediately with a Simonds three-pointer and Matt Palecki added a layup to give the hosts a 72-68 edge with two minutes left
- Babson held the Polar Bears scoreless for the final 2:21, however, and Flannery scored the final four points, including two from the free throw line with 10 seconds remaining, to knot the game at 72 and send it to overtime
- In overtime, the teams traded points and were tied at 74, 76 and 78 before a Simonds fadeaway jumper gave Bowdoin its final lead of the contest with 2:13 to go. A turnover by Flannery on the next possession made it a free throw contest for Bowdoin, who 12-14 from the stripe in overtime to seal the victory
By The Numbers
- Needing just five points to reach 1,000, Hausman racked up a game-high 33, including a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line
- Simonds was outstanding as well for Bowdoin, scoring 29 points, including five three-pointers
- Babson got 30 points and ten rebounds from Jacks, who went 12-19 from the field
- Isaiah Nelson ended with 18 points and 13 boards while Flannery scored all 21 of his points after halftime in the loss.
- Babson dominated the boards, holding a 54-32 edge on the glass, including 23 offensive rebounds that led to 24 second-chance points
- Bowdoin shot 49.2% from the field in the game, though, compared to 40.2% for the Beavers. The Polar Bears also hit eight three-pointers and went 18-22 from the charity stripe compared to just three trifectas and 15-22 from the free throw line for Babson.
- Bowdoin will return to action on Tuesday evening with another non-conference contest at Southern Maine (5:30 p.m.)
- Babson will return to the court on December 5 against Brandeis at Salem State