MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Middlebury College men's basketball team closed the game on a 9-2 run to take an eventual 78-69 win over Bowdoin on Sunday afternoon.
The Panthers improve to 14-8 (6-2 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears fall to 9-10 (2-6 NESCAC).
- The Polar Bears held a seven-point lead in the opening half, 18-11, as Lucas Hausman scored 12 early points
- Middlebury replied with a 10-0 run to take a 21-18 advantage late in the frame
- The teams traded buckets over the final moments of the period before a brief 7-2 surge by the Panthers opened up a 33-27 lead at intermission
- Bowdoin stayed with the hosts early in the second half and five straight points deadlocked the contest at 41-41 with 15:55 remaining
- Middlebury rolled off a 13-3 surge over the next four minutes with Matt St. Amour scoring the final seven points
- The Panthers extended their lead to as many as 13 points, 63-50 with under nine minutes to go
- Bowdoin would not go away, however, as first-year Jack Simonds scored 10 consecutive points to close the gap to 63-60 with 6:05 to go
- Bowdoin closed the gap to one point on two occasions before tying the score at 67 following a Hausman hoop-and-harm with 3:26 remaining
- St. Amour buried a three-pointer on the next possession and Bowdoin turned the ball over, resulting in another basket for Middlebury to push the lead to five
- The Panthers hit four free throws in the final 37 seconds to seal the win
By The Numbers
- Hausman and Simonds were outstanding, with Hausman scoring a game-high 29 points and Simonds putting home 23
- St. Amour was the lone Panther in double figures with 26 points and nine rebounds
- Middlebury held a 45-31 edge in rebounding, converting 17 second-chance points
- The Panthers also held a 29-7 advantage in bench points
- Bowdoin will look to get back into the win column with a non-conference game at home against Bates on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.