Men's Basketball Uses Second Half Surge To Upset Hamilton

Liam Farley scored 20 points with eight rebounds to lead Bowdoin over Hamilton
Liam Farley scored 20 points with eight rebounds to lead Bowdoin over Hamilton

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team dealt 16th-ranked Hamilton their second consecutive league loss in a 72-68 victory on Friday evening in Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears extend their winning streak to four games and improve to 14-4 (3-2  NESCAC) this season. The Continentals fall to 16-2 (3-2 NESCAC) with the setback.

Game Highlights

  • The teams traded blows throughout the contest with neither squad able to pull away.
  • The Continentals were able to take advantage of some early foul trouble for the Polar Bears to carry a 38-33 lead into halftime despite just 38% shooting in the first 20 minutes, but converting on 6-6 from the free throw line.
  • Hamilton got a jumper from Peter Hoffman and a three-pointer from Joe Pucci right out of halftime to take their biggest lead of the contest, 43-35, with 18:33 remaining.
  • Bowdoin replied with a 9-0 run, sparked by a Liam Farley three-pointer, and held the Continentals scoreless for a stretch of four minutes to take the lead 44-43 with 15 minutes to go.
  • Hamilton briefly regained the lead on a Hoffman layup, 45-44, but the Polar Bears got consecutive three-pointers from Jack Simonds and Jack Bors to take a 50-45 edge with under 13 minutes to go.
  • Bowdoin would never relinquish the lead again, despite Hamilton cutting the lead to a single point on three occasions, including at 64-63 with 1:55 to go.
  • The Polar Bears scored the next four points and put the game on ice with four late free throws to clinch the victory.

By The Numbers

  • Bowdoin finished at 45% shooting for the game and held Hamilton to just 36% from the field.
  • Liam Farley was outstanding, scoring 20 points with eight rebounds for Bowdoin while Jack Simonds buried 18 points with six boards and seven assists.
  • Hugh O'Neil scored 12 points while Sam Grad spelled him with four big rebounds in the second half to help Bowdoin to the victory.
  • Peter Hoffman scored a game-high 24 points with eight caroms for Hamilton, who also got double-digits from Joe Pucci (12) and Kena Gilmour (11).
  • Hamilton won the rebounding battle 41-38, but Bowdoin scored 20 points off 19 Continental turnovers.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin hosts Amherst on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
  • Hamilton heads to Colby for a 3:00 p.m. game on Saturday.