Bowdoin men handle Maine Maritime

Posted Dec. 10, 2013, at 9:36 p.m.

CASTINE, Maine — Bowdoin College had five players reach double digits Tuesday night as the Polar Bears earned a 92-44 men’s basketball win over Maine Maritime Academy.

Bowdoin remained perfect at 8-0, while the Mariners dropped to 1-7.

Keegan Pieri led Bowdoin (8-0) with 16 points, Lucas Hausman netted 15 and Matt Palecki added 13 while John Swords and Neil Fuller provided 10 each. Palecki added 11 rebounds.

Freshman Garrett Libby paced the Mariners (1-7) with 16 points.

Indiana 81, Oakland 54

Evan Gordon made his first eight shots en route to a season-high 26 points as the host Hoosiers rolled.

Gordon finished 10-for-12 from the floor and chipped in a team-high three steals for Indiana (8-2), which picked up its 36th straight home win against a non-conference opponent. Troy Williams scored 13 points and Yogi Ferrell added 11.

Mitch Baenziger had four 3-pointers in a 5-for-5 showing and finished with 14 points to pace the Grizzlies (2-8), who were outrebounded 52-28. Leading scorer Travis Bader was 2-for-15 from the floor and missed all 10 of his long-range attempts, snapping the nation’s longest streak of consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer at 62.

Two games removed from a 52-point effort against Syracuse’s stingy zone defense, the Hoosiers had 50 in the first half alone of this one, taking a 20-point lead into the locker room. Gordon was 6-for-6 in the opening stanza and had a pair of steals in a 6-2 burst early in the second that helped Indiana push the advantage to 58-36.

Gordon, who broke out for 15 points in his previous game, buried a jumper and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to make it a 23-point game midway through the half. The senior followed up his first miss with another make from beyond the arc with 8:05 to go as the Hoosiers led by as many as 31 points down the stretch.

Towson 102, Cen. Pennsylvania 72

Forward Jerrelle Benimon recorded a triple-double with 17 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists as Towson beat Central Pennsylvania at Towson, Md.

Forward/guard Rafriel Guthrie added 17 points and forward Marcus Damas had 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Tigers (7-4).

Towson earned its 11th consecutive home win, a streak that date back to January 2013. The Tigers bounced back after losing to Stephen F. Austin (79-69) and Sam Houston State (67-55) in the Etech Lumberjack Classic last weekend in Texas.

The game was tied at 18-18 midway through the first half before Benimon scored to give the Tigers an advantage they would never give up. The Tigers led 68-55 midway through the second half before going on a 23-12 run to put the game out of reach at 91-67 with 3:49 left.

It was the 10th time in the past 11 games that Towson had a rebounding advantage against its opponent — this time by a margin of 59-34.

Central Pennsylvania (6-4) was paced by forward Devon Dorsey, who had 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Knights are members of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and are now 0-2 this season against Division I teams, following a 111-72 loss to Radford in which Dorsey scored 30 points.

Towson’s record for consecutive home wins is 22, set from 1992-95.

The Tigers have a week off before playing Dec. 18 on the road against Oregon State and coach Craig Robinson, the brother-in-law of President Obama. Oregon State played in front of the first family in 2011 at Towson.

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