Men's Basketball Wins At Bowdoin

January 19, 2008

Middlebury completed a weekend sweep in Maine, defeating Bowdoin 69-52 in NESCAC action on Saturday. The Panthers, who defeated Colby Friday evening, improve to 13-2 (2-0 NESCAC) while Bowdoin (13-3, 1-1) sees their program-record nine-game winning streak come to end.

The Panthers grabbed an eight-point lead at intermission thanks to strong inside play. Forwards Aaron Smith, Mike Walsh and Andrew Locke combined for 17 points and 12 rebounds in the opening stanza to give the visitors a 31-23 edge at the break.

Bowdoin managed to cut the lead to four points on a 5-0 spurt early in the second period as Andrew Sargeantson's lay-in with 16:19 remaining trimmed the lead to 35-31. However, the Panthers rolled off a decisive 18-5 run over the next eight minutes to put the game out of reach. When Ashton Coghlan buried a three-pointer from the wing with 8:32 to go, Middlebury had increased their lead to 17 points, 53-36.

The Panthers iced the game at the charity stripe, connecting on 10 of 13 free-throws in the second half to put the game away. Middlebury was led by 15 points and 11 rebounds from Walsh while Ben Rudin posted 14 points and four steals. Aaron Smith (13) and Coghlan (10) also saw double-digits for the Panthers, who shot 50.0% (26-52) for the game and held an impressive 41-24 edge on the glass.

Bowdoin was led by 13 points from Jordan Fliegel, with Sargeantson dropping in 12. Kyle Jackson also scored 10 points for the Polar Bears, who will return to action next Saturday at Connecticut College. Middlebury will play next Friday at home against nationally-ranked Amherst.