BRISTOL, R.I. – The Bowdoin College men's basketball team build a big first-half lead and held off a late rally to defeat Framingham State in the opening night of the Roger Williams Tournament on Friday night, 79-70.
The Polar Bears (1-0) advance to Saturday's title game where they will face the host Hawks at 3:00 p.m. In the victory, Bowdoin senior David Reynolds became the 26th player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points.
- Bowdoin shot 56% from the field in the opening half as they built a 20-point lead by intermission.
- Zavier Rucker was unstoppable, scoring 14 points on 5-5 shooting from the field and 3-3 from the free throw line, starting the game with a hoop-and-harm.
- The Polar Bears never trailed, taking as many as a 26-point lead in the opening stanza.
- Framingham State connected on 64% of their shots in the second half in an attempt to get back into the contest.
- The Rams closed the gap to as little as five points, 72-67, with under two minutes to play, but Reynolds hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final 90 seconds to seal the victory for Bowdoin.
By The Numbers
- David Reynolds, who needed nine points to reach 1,000 in his career, buried a game-high 21, including three three-pointers in the victory.
- Zavier Rucker scored 18 points with four assists while Sam Grad netted 14 with six boards and two blocks.
- Taiga Kagitomi also saw double-figures with ten points and seven caroms.
- Framingham was led by 18 points from Tyri Hampton.
- Bowdoin finished at 55% shooting for the game and owned a 29-21 edge in rebounding.
- Bowdoin faces the host school Roger Williams in tomorrow's Tournament title game at 3:00 p.m.