WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - In a game that featured seven ties and ten lead changes, the Williams College men's basketball team held off Bowdoin 76-65 on Sunday.
The Ephs improve to 11-5 (2-2 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears fall to 8-5 (1-2 NESCAC).
- A tightly-played first half saw Williams use a 10-2 run over the final five minutes before the break to take a 40-31 lead at halftime
- Bowdoin battled back thanks to a 11-2 run early in the second half, tying the game on consecutive three-pointers from Jack Simonds
- Bowdoin briefly took the lead on their next possession when Lucas Hausman knocked home a three-pointer, but the Ephs answered with a 7-0 surge, sparked by James Heskett trifecta, to take a 52-48 lead with 11 minutes to go
- The Polar Bears again showed perseverance, tying the game on two occasions - at 54 and 56 - before the Ephs rolled off their decisive run
- Williams scored six straight points after the game was tied at 56 and, after Neil Fuller cut into the lead with a hoop-and-harm, got four straight points from Daniel Aronowitz to extend their lead to seven points, 66-59, with three minutes to go
- Bowdoin could get no closer than five points for the remainder of the game as the Ephs hit six free throws in the final minute to seal the win
By The Numbers
- Lucas Hausman scored a game-high 26 points in defeat for Bowdoin
- Simonds scored 17 points for the Polar Bears while Neil Fuller added 10
- Daniel Aronowitz led Williams with 19 points and 11 rebounds
- Williams held a 37-31 edge in rebounding and hit 51% of their shots compared to 36% for Bowdoin
- The Ephs' bench outscored the Polar Bears' by a 19-6 margin
- Bowdoin will return to action on Friday when they host Amherst at 7:00 p.m.