Men's basketball topped by No. 19 Bowdoin
Five Bowdoin College players scored in double figures and the nationally ranked No. 19 Polar Bears defeated the Hamilton College Continentals 85-66 in a NESCAC game at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Jan. 18.
Bowdoin (13-1, 3-1 NESCAC) rebounded from a 69-64 loss at Williams College -- the Polar Bears' first setback this season -- on Friday night. Bowdoin leads the all-time series against the Continentals, 6-4.
John Swords '15, the Polar Bears' 7-foot center, scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Keegan Pieri '15 chipped in 18 points, Andrew Madlinger '14 had 15, Lucas Hausman '16 dropped in 15 off the bench and Matt Mathias '14 posted 12 and four assists. Bowdoin went 31-for-35 (88.6 percent) at the free-throw line.
Matt Hart '16 paced Hamilton (8-8, 1-3) with a game-high 27 points, including 18 in the second half. Hart is ranked fourth in the NESCAC with 20.2 points per game. Greg Newton '14 had nine points and five assists, Peter Kazickas '15 scored nine points off the bench and Bradley Gifford '15 finished with seven points and seven rebounds. The Continentals shot 89 percent (25-28) at the free-throw line but just 32 percent (18-56) from the field.
Hamilton jumped out to an early 6-2 lead and the Polar Bears needed nearly six minutes to make their second basket. Bowdoin responded to its four-point deficit with a 14-0 run that gave the Polar Bears the lead for good. Hausman capped the run with a jumper that made it 16-6 with 9:33 left.
The Continentals pulled within five points at 24-19 on two Hart free throws with 4:42 remaining. Bowdoin scored the next five points and eventually took a 14-point lead into the break at 39-25.
The Polar Bears' lead fluctuated between seven and 19 points the entire second half. Bowdoin shot 54.5 percent (12-22) from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
Hamilton hosts Elmira College for a non-conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The Polar Bears take on the University of Maine-Presque Isle at home on Tuesday.