Men's Basketball Can't Overcome Early Hole in Loss to Middlebury

Sam Grad had seven points off the bench for Bowdoin against Middlebury
Sam Grad had seven points off the bench for Bowdoin against Middlebury

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Four players scored in double figures to lead the Middlebury College men's basketball team to a 63-51 win over Bowdoin on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Panthers improve to 16-5 (5-2 NESCAC) while the Polar Bears fall to 12-8 (2-5 NESCAC).

Game Highlights

  • The Panthers never trailed and rode a strong first half to an 18-point halftime lead.
  • Middlebury took a 12-4 advantage out of the gate and after Bowdoin trimmed the edge to 12-7 following a David Reynolds three-pointer, the Panthers replied with a 9-3 surge to push the lead to double figures, 21-10 after a Jack Farrell layup midway through the frame.
  • After a pair of Stephen Ferraro free throws trimmed the Middlebury margin to 21-12, the Panthers answered with a 10-0, sparked by five points from Matt Folger to create some distance.
  • Folger finished with 11 first-half points to give Middlebury a 37-19 advantage at halftime.
  • Despite several runs, Bowdoin could not close the gap to single digits at any point in the second half as each Polar Bear surge was answered by a Panther bucket.

By The Numbers

  • Matt Folger finished with 15 points to lead Middlebury while Eric McCord recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Jack Farrell (14 points) and Max Bosco (13) also saw double digits for the visitors.
  • Bowdoin was paced by 13 points from Jack Simonds. David Reynolds had seven points and nine boards in the loss.
  • Neither team shot well in the contest as Bowdoin connected on 35.7% and Middlebury hit for 33.8% from the field.
  • The teams combined to go 9-47 from three-point range in the contest.
  • Middlebury took advantage of Bowdoin miscues, however, converting 20 points off 19 Polar Bear turnovers.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin hosts Williams on Senior Day at Morrell Gymnasium Saturday at 3:00 p.m.
  • Middlebury heads to Waterville to play at Colby on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.