Simonds Buries Bates In Men's Basketball NESCAC Opener

Jack Simonds matched his career-high with 35 points against Bates
Jack Simonds matched his career-high with 35 points against Bates

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Bowdoin's Jack Simonds matched his career high with 35 points to lead the Polar Bear men's basketball team to a 99-70 win over Bates on Friday night at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears (8-3, 1-0) complete a season sweep of the Bobcats with the win in their conference opener. Bowdoin also defeated Bates (2-10, 0-1) in Lewiston on December 6, 80-59.

Game Highlights

  • Jack Simonds was outstanding in the first half, scoring 27 points and putting the game out of reach by intermission.
  • Both teams shot well in the early going, but Simonds scored 11 of Bowdoin's first 13 points and spearheaded a 10-0 run that pushed the Polar Bear lead to double digits, 23-10, midway through the opening period.
  • Bowdoin connected on 62.5% from the field in the first twenty minutes and extended their lead to 24 points, 58-34, at the break.
  • The Polar Bears shot even better in the second half – 66.7% - as they continued to pull away from the Bobcats, pushing the lead to as many as 37 points in the second half en route to the win.

By The Numbers

  • Simonds finished with 35 points and seven rebounds, on 15-20 shooting from the field, including 4-9 from three-point range. He equaled his career high set against St. Joseph's in 2016. 
  • Hugh O'Neil added 14 points and seven boards while David Reynolds also netted 14 points and six caroms.
  • Bates was led by 17 points off the bench from James Mortimer, who connected on 7-10 from the field.
  • Jeff Spellman (14) and Nick Gilpin (11) also saw double figures for the Bobcats.
  • Bowdoin owned an astounding 40-20 edge in rebounding and finished at 64% shooting for the game, including 9-19 (47.4%) from long distance. Bates ended at 45% from the field.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will host Tufts at 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
  • Bates heads north to play Colby at Waterville at 3:00 p.m.