NEW LONDON, Conn.—Maximilian Staiger (West Caldwell, N.J.) poured in 18 points to lead the Bowdoin College men's basketball team to a 60-56 victory at Connecticut College Sunday. Staiger was 5-for-8 from the field and 8-for-9 from the charity stripe.
The Polar Bears improve their record to 14-9 and finish with a 5-5 mark in NESCAC play. They will appear in a NESCAC quarterfinal match up next Saturday at a site to be determined. The Camels slip to 7-15 with a 0-9 mark in league action. They will visit Tufts University Tuesday night to take on Colby College in their regular season finale.
"We played hard and at times very well," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "We just couldn't knock down enough shots down the stretch. Plus, Bowdoin's size advantage really hurt us in the second half."
Andrew Madlinger (Basking Ridge, N.J.) chipped in with 12 points and three rebounds for the visitors. Lucas Hausman (Westport, Conn.) added nine points. Sophomore point-guard Bryan Hurley (Watertown, Mass.) finished with eight points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Bears.
Connecticut College junior Matt Vadas (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) poured in a game-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds for the hosts. With his 1249 career points, Vadas needs just two more points to pass John Bartolomei '85 in seventh place on the school's all-time scoring leader list.
Junior guard Mason Lopez (Hoboken, N.J.) contributed 14 points and four rebounds for the Camels, connecting on 5-of-9 shots from the field. Jared Shill (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) reached double-digits with 10 points and seven boards.
The Camels extended their eight point halftime advantage to 11 when Vadas collected a rebound and went end to end for a hoop in transition with 13:53 remaining to put the hosts on top 43-32. But Bowdoin countered with a 17-to-2 run to open up a 49-45 lead. Hurley capped the rally with a pair of free throws at the 5:56 mark.
It was nip and tucks the rest of the way. Vadas used a screen from Shill from the left side to knock down his fourth triple of the night with 3:34 remaining that evened the score at 54.
But with 2:33 to play, Hausman put the Polar Bears on top for good with a bucket in the post. The, with 1:28 to go, Hurley put in a floater from 17 feet to make it a 58-54 game. The Camels could not get any closer and the visitors were able to hold on for the 60-54 win.
Vadas sparked the Camels on an early run, knocking down a triple from the left side to put the hosts on top 9-4 with 16:12 to go. But the Polar Bears battled back and when Hausman netted a three from the baseline with 12:08 to go, the Camel lead was trimmed to 14-13. However, the Camels responded with an 8-0 run to push the lead back to nine. Jethro Anilus (Stamford, Conn.) capped the rally when he took a nice feed from Mason Lopez in the paint and converted a field goal to make it a 22-13 game with 4:13 remaining.
In the closing moments, of the half, Maximilian Staiger converted two of his 10 first half points at the charity stripe before Vadas closed out the first stanza with two freebies to make it a 32-24 game at the intermission.
The Camels kept this game close with some blue-collar work on the backboards. The hosts held a 39-to-32 advantage on the glass. Both teams executed on the foul line. Bowdoin was 15-for-17 while the Camels converted 12-of-13attempts from the charity stripe.
Connecticut College honored its two graduating seniors in a pre-game ceremony. Dylan Henry (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earned the start in his final home game and Candace Taylor (Dorchester, Mass.) received an ovation for her work as a team manager.