Men's Basketball Falls In Season Finale at Wesleyan

Zavier Rucker scored 23 points for Bowdoin against Wesleyan
Zavier Rucker scored 23 points for Bowdoin against Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Bowdoin College men's basketball team saw its season come to a close in a 91-65 loss to Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (15-9) end their NESCAC season at 4-6 and at best will finish in a tie with Tufts, pending Tufts' final regular season game on Sunday. Even in that event, Tufts holds the tiebreaker over Bowdoin for the final spot in the conference tournament.

Game Highlights

  • The Polar Bears grabbed the early lead on Saturday, taking a 16-7 lead following a Jack Bors three-pointer five minutes into the game.
  • Bowdoin maintained a lead for most of the opening period until late in the frame.
  • After a Drew Gagnon three-pointer tied the game at 28 apiece for Bowdoin with 3:54 left in the opening half, Wesleyan finished the half on a 12-3 surge to take a 40-31 lead at the break.
  • The Cardinals opened the second half on a 11-3 run to push their lead into double digits.
  • Wesleyan continued to roll, connecting on 69.6% from the field in the second half, extending their lead to as many as 28 points.

By The Numbers

  • Zavier Rucker led Bowdoin with 23 points while Jack Simonds ended with 13 points for the Polar Bears.
  • David Reynolds had 12 for Bowdoin in the loss.
  • Austin Hutcherson went 13-16 from the field, scoring a game-high 37 points with nine rebounds in a dominant performance for Wesleyan.
  • The Cardinals owned a 40-28 edge in rebounding for the game.