Rally Comes Up Short as Men's Hoops Falls in OT at Southern Maine

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GORHAM, Maine – The Bowdoin College men's basketball team rallied to force overtime, but couldn't complete the comeback in a 78-77 setback at then University of Southern Maine on Tuesday night.

The Polar Bears dip to 1-2 this season with the loss while the Huskies move to 3-1 overall.

Game Highlights

  • The Polar Bears struggled from the field in the opening 20 minutes, connecting on just 33% of their shots and going 0-6 from long range as USM shot 54% and nailed six three-pointers.
  • Jacobe Thomas and Jay Roberts combined to score 28 of USM's 31 first-half points as the hosts took a 31-25 lead into the break.
  • Thanks to 16 points in the second half from David Reynolds, Bowdoin rallied from ten points down with under four minutes to play to force overtime.
  • Down 61-51, Bowdoin closed the second half on a 13-3 surge, tying the game on a three-pointer by Reynolds with under 30 seconds in regulation.
  • The teams traded the lead on numerous occasions in overtime, as another Reynolds three-pointer tied the game at 77 with under a minute to go in the extra session.
  • Jay Roberts converted one free throw with 17 seconds remaining, giving Bowdoin one final possession, but Reynolds' desperation three from the corner rimmed out, giving USM the one-point victory.

By The Numbers

  • David Reynolds had 29 in the effort for Bowdoin while Zavier Rucker added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
  • USM was led by 29 off the bench from Jay Roberts
  • The Huskies finished at 50% shooting compared to just 44% for Bowdoin and went 10-15 from three-point range.
  • Bowdoin also committed 17 turnovers compared to just 13 for USM.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will look to bounce back on Saturday when they host Maine Maritime at 3:00 p.m. in Morrell Gymnasium in their home opener.