Bowdoin 97, Bates 79
Bowdoin (97) -- Nathan Houser 6-0-16, Wil Smith 6-1-15, Steve McKinnon 0-1-1, Hugh Coleman 5-4-16, Scott McCabe 0-0-0, Erich Buschmann 3-3-9, David Lovely 8-6-23, David Baranowski 6-4-16, Paul Masson 0-1-1, Team 34-20-97. Bates (79) -- Burke Davis 0-2-2, Matt Moulis 2-0-5, Billy Hart 2-2-7, Matt Carriker 0-0-0, Alex Wilson 8-1-18, Garth Timoll 3-3-10, Rommel Padonou 5-4-14, Ed Walker 9-1-23, Team 29-13-79. 3-point FG -- Bowdoin 9 (Houser 4, Smith 2, Coleman 2, Lovely). Bates 8 (Walker 4, Moulis, Hart, Timoll, Wilson). Halftime -- Bowdoin, 47-39. Records -- Bowdoin, 4-2. Bates, 4-2.BOWDOIN CAPTURES CBB OPENER, 97-79, OVER BATES
LEWISTON, Maine -- Bowdoin College senior forward David Lovely (Milton, Mass.) scored nine straight points over a 3:30 period in the second half to carry the Polar Bears (4-2) to a 97-79 victory over their in-state rivals, the Bates College Bobcats (4-2).
Bowdoin opened the game on a 13-2 run in the opening three minutes of the when senior guard Nate Houser (Medway, Mass.) hit three consecutive 3-point field goals. The Bobcats cut the lead to eight at the end of the half, finishing on a 9-3 run. Houser led all scorers at the half with 14 points.
In the second half, the teams went back and forth, with the Polar Bears establishing a 64-52 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the game. At that point, Bates made its best run of the evening, using a 12-3 spurt to make the lead as close as had it had been all game at four points. First-year guard Ed Walker (Roxbury, Mass.) had six of the 12 points on a 3-pointer, a field goal and a free throw. First-year center Alex Wilson (Duxbury, Mass.) hit a fade away jumper at the 10 minute mark to cut the lead to 67-63, but Bowdoin pulled away from there. After a Bates timeout with 8:49 remaining, Lovely went on his tear, scoring two baskets on offensive rebounds, plus a fade away jumper and a 3-point field goal, putting the Polar Bears up 79-66 with 5:30 left in the game.
Lovely led five Polar Bears in double figures with 23 points, matching Walker for the game-high. Lovely also had 10 rebounds, tied with Bates sophomore Rommel Padonou (Libreville, Gabon) for game-high honors. Wilson had 18 points for the Bobcats.