NEW LONDON, Conn.--Sophomore forward Jack Simonds (Falmouth, Maine) poured in all 23 of his points in the second half to lead Bowdoin College to a 77-70 victory against Connecticut College at Luce Field House Saturday. Simonds was 7-for-14 from the field, 3-for-5 from long distance and a perfect 6-for-6 at the charity stripe.
The Polar Bears improved their record to 12-11 while finishing up with a 3-7 mark in conference play. The improving Camels took another step forward this winter and close up the season with a mark of 13-10 and a 3-7 record in the NESCAC.
Junior guard Liam Farley (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in with 17 points while sophomore Jack Bors (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) finished with 10.
Connecticut College sophomore guard David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) scored 18 points with three rebounds and three steals to lead the hosts in the setback. Sophomore Tyler Rowe (East Hartford, Conn.) contributed with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in the back court. Senior Zuri Pavlin (New York, N.Y.) added 11 points and six rebounds in his final game on the hardwood in the Whaling City. Earlier this season, Pavlin shattered a school rebounding record that had stood for nearly three decades. He wrapped up his decorated career with 917 rebounds and 1,051 points.
"We are certainly disappointed but we just couldn't make enough points today," Connecticut College Head Men's Basketball Coach Tom Satran said. "I love our team. We have great guys, hard workers, who put together some special moments this season. No regrets."
Bors knocked down a jumper with four seconds left in the half that vaulted Bowdoin out to a 38-30 advantage at the break. The visitors took a 44-32 lead early in the second half after Farley dialed long distance with 16:28 left. But the Camels hung around and later on with 7:27 to play, Daniel Janel (Fresh Meadows, N.Y.) made a nice spin move in the lane to trim the deficit to 53-50. Labossiere followed with a jumper that pulled the Camels to within 53-52 with 6:52 remaining.
But Simonds answered for the Polar Bears, scoring six of his team's next eight points in an 8-0 run. His 18 footer from the right side of the arc with 4:36 to go capped the rally, pushing Bowdoin's lead back to 61-52.
The Camels continued to battle back and trimmed the deficit to 75-70 when Labossiere drained a three-ball with 6.3 seconds remaining. However, Bowdoin was able to hang on for the 77-70 victory. Pavlin, Janel and Colin Pascoe (Somers, Conn.) were honored in a pre-game ceremony as they played their final game here in the Whaling City.