BRUNSWICK, Maine - Jack Simonds and Lucas Hausman combined for 52 points to lead the Bowdoin College men's basketball team to a 80-71 win over Wesleyan on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears earn a big NESCAC win and improve to 11-10 (3-6 NESCAC) while the Cardinals fall to 18-5 (5-4 NESCAC) with the loss.
- Wesleyan came out firing, forcing two early Bowdoin timeouts and holding a 24-13 lead midway through the frame following a BJ Davis three-pointer
- Bowdoin answered with a 14-0 run, sparked by three-pointers from Tim Ahn, Blake Gordon, Lucas Hausman and Matt Palecki to take the lead
- Davis hit a running layup to tie the score at 33 before a late Gordon three-pointer gave the hosts a 36-33 lead at the break
- The teams traded buckets to open the second half with Bowdoin holding a 46-40 lead four minutes into the period
- Five straight points from Hausman sparked a 12-2 Polar Bear run that pushed the lead to 16 points, 58-42, with 11:21 to go
- The Polar Bears pushed the lead to as many as 18 points and the Cardinals could get no closer than the final nine point margin at the buzzer over the remaining ten minutes
By The Numbers
- Bowdoin was hot from long distance, connecting on 12 three-pointers in the victory
- Simonds scored 15 of his game-high 27 points in the opening half to keep the Polar Bears in the contest
- Hausman scored 18 of his 25 in the second period to put the game away for Bowdoin
- Tim Ahn scored eight points while Hugh O'Neil grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and dished out five assists for the Polar Bears
- Wesleyan was paced by 12 points apiece from Joseph Kuo and Davis. Nathan Krill scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 12 caroms for the visitors
- Bowdoin held a 42-32 edge on the glass and connected on 47% of its shots for the game compared to just 39% for Wesleyan, who struggled from three-point range (6-22) in the loss
- Bowdoin will look to secure its place in the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday when they host Connecticut College (3:00 p.m.). The winner will clinch a bid in the tourney.
- Wesleyan will travel to face Colby in Waterville (3:00 p.m.)