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.
- 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.
- 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.