Men's Basketball Clinches NESCAC Bid With Win Over Conn. College

Matt Palecki had 12 points and 14 rebounds in Bowdoin's win over Conn. College
Matt Palecki had 12 points and 14 rebounds in Bowdoin's win over Conn. College

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team clinched a trip to the NESCAC Tournament with a 78-71 victory over Connecticut College in its regular season finale on Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears (12-10, 4-6 NESCAC) earn the league's seventh seed for the conference tournament where they will travel to Amherst for the quarterfinal round next Saturday. Game times will be announced next week. Conn. College (12-12, 3-7 NESCAC) sees its season come to an end with the setback.

Game Highlights

  • Early hot shooting from Conn. College put the Camels ahead, 15-7, following a Lee Messier three-pointer with 13:57 to go in the opening half
  • Bowdoin battled back, chipping away at the lead until a Lucas Hausman jumper put the Polar Bears on top, 25-24, with under nine minutes left in the period
  • The Polar Bears used a late 15-3 run, capped by a fast break layup by Neil Fuller, to take a 42-35 edge at intermission
  • In the second half the Camels battled back, using an 8-0 run to draw within a single point, 46-45, following a pair of David Labossiere free throws
  • Bowdoin quickly pushed the lead back to seven, but 7-0 run by the Camels evened the score on a Phil Leotsakos three-pointer, 52-52, with 9:18 on the clock
  • The game featured four lead changes and four ties scores over a five minute span that resulted in the contest being tied 66-66 after a three-pointer from Bo McKinley of Connecticut College with 3:18 on the clock
  • Lucas Hausman hit a three-pointer on Bowdoin's next possession, sparking a decisive 10-0 run for the Polar Bears over the next two minutes that saw Jack Simonds hit a spinning layup and Tim Ahn knock down a big three-pointer to put the game on ice

By The Numbers

  • Conn. College stayed close thanks to 11 three-pointers but Bowdoin was able to prevail thanks to a 45-29 advantage on the glass and 19-24 effort from the free throw line
  • Hausman finished with a game-high 28 points while Matt Palecki scored 12 points and grabbed 14 big rebounds for the Polar Bears
  • Simonds finished with 17 points while Ahn scored 10 for Bowdoin
  • A 17-point effort from Messier paced the visitors in the loss while McKinley added 14
  • Labossiere and Tyler Rowe had ten points each for the Camels
  • Thanks to their sizable advantage on the boards, Bowdoin held a critical 18-8 edge in second chance points

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears will travel to Amherst for the NESCAC Quarterfinal round. Complete information on the tournament will be announced next week

Bowdoin honored its seniors before Saturday's contest (photo courtesy of CIPhotography.com)