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Bates Men's college basketball 63 at Bowdoin 70

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff
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BRUNSWICK, Maine – Sparked by 14 second-half points from Jack Simonds, the Bowdoin College men’s basketball team overcame a seven-point second-half deficit to defeat Bates on Thursday evening in Morrell Gymnasium, 70-63.

The Polar Bears snap a brief two-game losing streak and improve to 7-2 overall. The Bobcats fall to 4-2 on the campaign with the setback.

Game Highlights

  • A back-and-forth first half saw the visitors carry a 34-31 lead into intermission thanks to ten points from Tom Coyne.
  • The teams were tied seven times in the first period, including six lead changes. Neither squad took more than a four-point lead at any time in the opening twenty minutes.
  • Coyne came out firing in the second half for Bates, scoring ten points in the first five minutes to give the Bobcats their biggest lead of the game, 46-39, with 15:39 to go.
  • Scoreless for the first 23 minutes of the game, Jack Simonds then took over for Bowdoin, scoring five straight points to spark a 9-0 surge for the Polar Bears, giving them their first lead of the second half, 48-46, with 13 minutes on the clock.
  • Bowdoin kept slowly building their lead as the Bobcats went ice cold from the field. Bates was stuck on 48 points for a five-minute span as the Polar Bears increased their lead to eight points, 56-48, following back-to-back layups from Zavier Rucker and David Reynolds.
  • Bates was able to answer with a 9-2 run, closing to within a single point at 58-57 when Nick Lynch hit a running layup with 3:41 to go.
  • Bowdoin held the Bobcats scoreless for the next 2:12 and went on a 5-0 run, capped by a Simonds layup, to take a commanding six-point lead with 1:41 to go.
  • Late buckets by Simonds, Rucker and a dunk by Hugh O’Neil in the final minute clinched the victory for the Polar Bears.

By The Numbers

  • After a scoreless first half, Simonds went 6-9 from the field and finished with 14 points in the second half to lead Bowdoin.
  • Hugh O’Neil had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while David Reynolds added 13 and Zavier Rucker 10.
  • The loss spoiled a 22-point effort by Tom Coyne, who also had nine rebounds. Nick Lynch and Nick Gilpin had 12 points apiece for Bates.
  • Bowdoin finished at 52.5% shooting for the game compared to 37% for the Bobcats.
  • Bates was able to take advantage of 18 Bowdoin turnovers to stay close, scoring 14 points off Polar Bear miscues.
  • Bowdoin owned a 45-33 edge in rebounding and held a crucial 20-6 advantage in bench scoring in the victory.

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