Hausman Lights Up Bates Again as Men's Hoops Earns First NESCAC Win

Hausman is Bowdoin's first First Team Academic All-America selection since 2000
Hausman is Bowdoin's first First Team Academic All-America selection since 2000

LEWISTON, Maine - Lucas Hausman scored 42 points, including 27 in the second half, to lead the Bowdoin College men's basketball team to a 84-77 win at Bates on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears bounce back from a Friday loss at Tufts and improve to 8-4 (1-1 NESCAC) while the Bobcats fall to 8-6 (1-1 NESCAC). The teams will play a non-conference game in Brunswick on Tuesday, February 9.

Game Highlights

  • Three-pointers by Liam Farley and Tim Ahn ignited a 14-4 Bowdoin run midway through the first period, establishing a 27-18 lead after a Hausman three with 9:09 left in the period.
  • Hausman was fouled attempting a three with under a minute to play and made all three free throws for a 40-29 lead before taking a 40-31 lead into halftime.
  • Jack Simonds rebounded his own miss and made a step-back three in the right corner for a 64-55 Bowdoin lead with 6:58 to go before Bates made a final run.
  • A three by Shawn Strickland and a three by Justin Zukowski capped 10-2 Bates run, cutting it to 66-65 with 5:09 left
  • With 3:48 to go in the game and the shot clock about to expire, Matt Palecki banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the circle to lift the Polar Bears into a 71-67 lead.
  • Mike Boornazian quickly answered with a three of his own, but with 1:51 to go a clutch three-pointer by Hausman lifted Bowdoin into a four-point advantage again.
  • Bates closed the gap to one for a final time with 1:20 remaining, as Josh Britten found enough daylight on the left wing to make his only 3-pointer of the half.
  • Bates called timeout, but Hausman, isolated on the perimeter, sank a 17-foot jumper. 
  • Bowdoin iced the game with six free throws in the final minute

By The Numbers

  • It is the second-straight time that Hausman posted 40+ points against Bates as the senior recorded a school-record 44 in a win over the Bobcats last February
  • He went 11-21 from the field, 5-8 from three-point range and 15-17 from the free throw line to tie Bo McFarland '69 for the third-highest scoring output in a single game in school history
  • Matt Palecki added 11 points for the Polar Bears, who were outrebounded 47-40 but held Bates to 38% shooting for the game
  • Boornazian led Bates with 22 points

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears will return to action on Tuesday evening at Maine-Presque Isle at 7:00 p.m.