Late Rally Comes Up Just Short For Men's Basketball at Colby

Hugh O'Neil had 22 points and 15 rebounds at Colby
Hugh O'Neil had 22 points and 15 rebounds at Colby

WATERVILLE, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday, dropping a 89-84 decision at Colby.

The Polar Bears, ranked 22nd in the latest D3hoops.com national poll, fall to 6-1 while the Mules improve to 6-1. The squads will meet again on January 20 for the NESCAC conference game in Brunswick.

Game Highlights

  • Colby jumped to an early lead out of the gate, 12-2, thanks to ten early points from Ethan Schlager.
  • The Polar Bears chipped away at the deficit and were able to cut the Colby lead to 41-40 at halftime thanks to 12 first-half points from Hugh O'Neil and 11 from David Reynolds.
  • The teams exchanged the lead early in the second half before a 9-2 surge by the Mules, capped by a lay-in from Steven Daley, gave Colby a 55-49 lead midway through the frame.
  • Bowdoin was able to answer with a 11-4 run and took a 60-59 advantage on a Jack Bors layup with 9:23 on the clock.
  • Sparked by a Sam Jefferson three-pointer, Colby started pulling away and seemed to have the game in hand, taking an 11-point lead, 81-70, with under five minutes to play.
  • Bowdoin wouldn't go away, however, and clawed back into the game and went on a dramatic 10-0 run, closing to within a single point, 85-84, following an O'Neil bucket with 1:09 to go.
  • The Polar Bears had a possession to take the lead with under a minute to play, but committed a turnover. Colby made a pair of free throws and added a late basket to clinch the game.

By The Numbers

  • Hugh O'Neil was outstanding in defeat, scoring 22 points on 10-13 shooting to go with 15 rebounds.
  • David Reynolds ended with 16 while Jack Simonds (14) and Jack Bors (13) also saw double digits
  • Ethan Schlager paced Colby with 19 points.
  • Somehow Bowdoin was able to stay within shouting distance despite 13 made three-pointers by Colby and only four for the Polar Bears.
  • Part of the reason was Bowdoin's 41-33 edge in rebounding, including 14 offensive boards, that led to 23 second-chance points.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will look to rebound on Tuesday when they host St. Joseph's at 7:00 p.m. in Morrell Gymnasium.