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Men’s Basketball Concludes Weekend Trip With Loss Against Hot-Shooting Bowdoin

Bailey Whitman

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Connecticut College men's basketball team fell to Bowdoin by an 87-70 score on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

The first half was competitive with four lead changes. Senior captain Bailey Whitman (North Wales, Pa.) converted a layup to put the Camels ahead by a 27-26 score with 4:28 remaining, but the hosts responded with an 11-3 run that began with a Zavier Rucker 3-pointer and carried a five-point advantage into the recess.

Bowdoin remained ahead for the entire second half thanks to deadeye shooting over the last 20 minutes, which included shooting 72 percent from the floor and 7-of-11 from long range. Even though the Camels closed the gap to seven points with 14 minutes remaining on a pair of free throws by freshman Ben McPherron (Weston, Mass.), the Polar Bears answered again with a 10-2 run to surge ahead. Manav Randhawa drilled a shot from downtown to make it 59-44 with 11 minutes left, and the Camels could not bring the margin down to less than 10 the rest of the way.

David Reynolds led Bowdoin (5-7, NESCAC 1-1) with 29 points and made seven of the team's astounding 15 3-point field goals. Sam Grad netted 14 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting, and Randhawa added 14 points off the bench. Stephen Ferraro and Rucker dished out seven assists apiece.

Junior Jack Zimmerman (Bedford, N.H.) paced Connecticut College in the setback with 21 points. Classmate Daniel Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) chipped in 16 points and grabbed five rebounds, while senior Patrick Lazor (West Hartford, Conn.) had 10 points and two steals.

Connecticut College (3-10, NESCAC 0-2) will look to get back on track when it visits Fisher College on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.