|Colby College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College men’s basketball team closed the game on a 15-8 run to pull away from Colby in a 76-67 victory on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.
The Polar Bears improve to 4-2 on the season while the Mules drop to 4-3. The teams will play their NESCAC league contest on Saturday, January 28 in Waterville.
Bowdoin built an early 15-6 lead thanks to early three-pointers from Neil Fuller and Liam Farley and pushed their advantage to as many as 13 points in the opening half before the Mules clawed back.
Colby closed the opening half on a 13-4 surge, capped by a Maximilian Steiner three-pointer before the break that closed the gap 37-33 at intermission.
The Mules continued to rally early in the second half, trimming the lead to a single point on a couple of occasions before a running lay-up by Ronan Schwarz gave them a 46-45 edge with 11 minutes to go.
The teams traded buckets over the next three minutes and found themselves tied at 53 with 7:02 remaining.
Bowdoin rolled off a quick 7-2 spurt to regain the lead, keyed by three-pointers from Blake Gordon and Jack Bors, but Colby was able to stay close thanks to a healthy advantage from the free-throw line. The Mules hit ten free throws in a five-minute stretch to stay within shouting distance before Bowdoin’s decisive run.
With the Polar Bears holding a slim 63-60 edge with 3:27 to go, Farley nailed his third three-pointer to push the lead to six and, after a Colby turnover, a driving lay-in by Simonds made it 68-60 with under three minutes to play.
After an Ethan Schlager free throw cut the lead to 68-61, Bowdoin got back-to-back shots from Simonds and Hugh O’Neil to open up an insurmountable 72-61 edge with under two minutes to go.
Simonds finished with a team-high 21 points while also grabbing five rebounds in the win for Bowdoin. David Reynolds pitched in 14 off the bench while Farley ended with 13.
Schwarz also netted 21 for Colby and grabbed six boards. Schlager also saw double figures with 11 for the Mules.
Colby owned a 42-40 edge on the glass but hit just 11 of 17 from the free-throw stripe compared to 14-16 for Bowdoin. The Polar Bears finished at 45% shooting for the game while the Mules connected on just 34% from the field.