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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Jan 31, 2015 6:53 pm

Amherst 81, Bowdoin 66

AMHERST, Mass. – Connor Green recorded a double-double with a season-high 33 points and 12 rebounds to help lead the Amherst College men’s basketball team to an 81-66 win over Bowdoin Saturday afternoon in LeFrak Gymnasium.

Back-to-back home wins have lifted the Jeffs to a 14-5 overall record and 4-3 NESCAC mark. After suffering a 67-66 overtime loss to Trinity last night, followed by today’s defeat, the Polar Bears have fallen to 13-6 on the year and 4-3 in conference play.

For the second night in a row, Green was hot from downtown. The junior hit his first three shots from behind-the-arc and finished with seven treys on 12 attempts. He was also 12-of-18 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe.

The Polar Bears were led by Lucas Hausman, who posted a team-high 19 points on 8-of-18 shooting, while John Swords and Matt Palecki finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Palecki also grabbed eight rebounds and Swords pulled in seven. Bryan Hurley dished out a team-high four assists.

Green opened the scoring with a three-pointer on a pass from Berman. However, back-to-back baskets from the Polar Bears gave the visitor’s a 4-3 lead early on as the teams went back and forth in the opening minutes.

After a three-pointer by Palecki at the 10:03 mark cut the Polar Bears’ deficit to one, 23-22, Amherst scored 12 unanswered over the next 3:38 to pull ahead by 13. Despite the run, the visitors held Amherst scoreless the final 6:25 of the half as they scored 10 straight points to answer with a run of their own. A lay-up by Hausman with 1:04 to play before the break cut the deficit to three as the home team took a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

Amherst took control in the second period, quickly extending their lead to 13 points. The Jeffs held a double-digit lead for the majority of the second half and took their largest lead of the game with 11 seconds to play in regulation as they went up by 17.

Overall, Amherst shot 29-of-58 (50.0%) from the floor and 13-of-33 (39.4%) from three-point range, while hitting just 10-of-23 (43.5%) from the line. It was the second consecutive game the Jeffs hit 13 three-pointers as a team. The visitors went 27-of-64 (42.2%) from the floor, just 2-of-15 (13.3%) from downtown, and 10-of-18 (55.6%) from the charity stripe.

Bowdoin returns to action on Tuesday night at Plymouth State (7:00 p.m.).

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Re: Bowdoin basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Wed Feb 04, 2015 8:36 am

Bowdoin 79, Plymouth State 66

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to stun Plymouth State, 79-66, on Tuesday evening.

The Polar Bears, who outscored the Panthers by an astounding 47-19 margin in the second half, improve to 14-6 on the season. Plymouth State falls to 7-13 on the year with the loss.

Lucas Hausman continued his red hot play, scoring a game-high 32 points for the Polar Bears, setting a new career high for the second time in the last three games. John Swords recorded a double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Matt Palecki scored 13 points and corralled eight rebounds for Bowdoin.

Brian Boulay and Ernie Johnson sparked Plymouth in the opening half, scoring ten points apiece. The Panthers scored six three-pointers in the opening period, extending their lead to as many as 19 points and taking a 15-point edge, 47-32, into the locker room.

Bowdoin exploded out of the gate in the second half on a 14-3 run, closing the gap to just four points following a Hausman lay-up with 12:46 to go. Plymouth still maintained a six-point lead, 56-50, with under nine minutes to go, but Bowdoin battled back to tie the game at 60 apiece with 5:05 to go. John Swords gave Bowdoin the lead for good with a dunk on the next Polar Bear possession and sparked the decisive 13-2 run that put the game out of reach.

Bowdoin shot a scalding 68% of their shots in the second half and held a 38-25 advantage in rebounding. The Polar Bears dominated in the paint, scoring 52 points to 20 for Plymouth.

The Polar Bears will return to action on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with an important NESCAC home contest against Middlebury.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 08, 2015 6:37 am

John Swords Named to Capital One Academic All-District Team

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin senior John Swords (Sudbury, Mass.) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Men's Basketball Team.

A Government & Legal Studies major, Swords owns a 3.79 GPA and is one of six recipients from District I (New England). He is now eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.

In addition to his work in the classroom, Swords has been a standout on the court for the Polar Bears. The seven-foot center currently averages 11.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while also blocking 1.9 shots per contest and shooting at a 68.2% from the field. Last season he was named as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year while also netting First Team All-NESCAC and Second Team All-New England recognition.

Established in 1952, the CoSIDA Academic All-America was created to recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director
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Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:52 am

Bowdoin 88, Middlebury 70

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin men's basketball team jumped out early and never relinquished its lead in a 88-70 win over visiting Middlebury on Sunday afternoon.

The Polar Bears improve to 15-6 on the season and pull to 5-3 in conference play. The Panthers drop to 15-6 (4-3 NESCAC) despite a game-high 23 points from Matt. St. Amour.

Lucas Hausman paced the Bowdoin offense with 21 points, followed closely by John Swords with 20 and Bryan Hurley who tallied 17 including going 5-10 in three-point range. Matt Palecki also scored in double digits for the Polar Bears draining 13 points along with a team leading eight rebounds. Dylan Sinnickson pitched in 13 points for the Panthers while pulling down nine rebounds, with Matt Daley scoring ten points off the bench.

Bowdoin jumped out to a quick 12-3 lead sparked by a pair of threes from Hurley but Middlebury chipped away with an 11-3 run that began with a St. Amour shot outside the arc. The Polar Bears took control once again as Palecki and Swords combined for 14 points to widen the gap and help send Bowdoin to the locker room with a 45-35 lead.

Daley opened the second half with back-to-back jumpers to cut the advantage down to six points. Middlebury would answer every Bowdoin score over the next five minutes, never allowing the Polar Bears to regain a double-digit lead until John Swords finally pushed the score to 59-49 with 14 minutes remaining. Bowdoin held the Panthers to just four free throws over a six minutes stretch which allowed the combination of Jake Donnelly and Hausman to push Bowdoin's lead to 79-60, effectively eliminating any chance at a late run for Middlebury.

Bowdoin shot just over 52% from the field and an even 50% from outside the arc. Middlebury managed 39% from two-point range and 28% from the three. Both teams tallied 38 rebounds, and the Polar Bears held a decisive 15-2 points off turnovers advantage over the visitors.

Bowdoin returns to Morrell Gym on Friday night with a 7:00 p.m. contest against Bates. The Panthers play a non-conference Tuesday night home game against Lyndon State at 7:00 p.m.

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Re: Bowdoin basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:04 am

Lucas Hausman Named NESCAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin sophomore Lucas Hausman (Westport, Conn.) has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

Hausman was outstanding in a pair of wins last week for the Polar Bears. Down by 15 at halftime to Plymouth State on Tuesday, the junior scored 20 of his career-high 32 points in the second half to rally Bowdoin to a road victory. On Sunday against Middlebury, he poured in a team-high 21 points to go with six rebounds in an important NESCAC win. For the week, he connected on 51.4 percent of his shots from the field, averaging 26.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Currently sitting in fourth place in the league at 19.1 points per game, Hausman has been piping hot of late, averaging 25.2 points per game over his last five outings.

Bowdoin will look to secure a top-four seed and NESCAC Quarterfinal home game this weekend as they host a pair of huge conference games against Bates on Friday (7:00 p.m.) and Tufts on Saturday (3:00 p.m.).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Feb 12, 2015 9:06 am

Bo McFarland '69 Named to Maine Basketball Hall of Fame

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Former Bowdoin basketball standout Edward "Bo" McFarland '69 has been selected to the second class of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame in an announcement by the organization on Wednesday.

The 2015 induction ceremony will be Sunday, August 23 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor at noon. Tickets are $50.00 each and will go on sale on March 1st through the website www.MaineBasketballHallofFame.com.

A native of Scarborough, Maine, McFarland was the first Polar Bear to score 1,300 points, graduating with 1,356, and still holds the career scoring average record, 21.9 points per game. A two-time Division III All-East and All-New England performer, McFarland still holds the program's single season-scoring average for his 1968-69 season, even without the help of the three-point shot.

That season, under head basketball coach Ray Bicknell, McFarland led Bowdoin to a school-record 16 wins against just five losses. That magical 1968-69 season saw McFarland average an unprecedented 25.1 points per game - a program mark that still stands more than 30 years later. He was honored by United Press International as New England Player of the Year.

McFarland's records have stood the test of time, as he still holds Bowdoin records in single-season and career scoring, career field goals (474) and career free throws (469).

McFarland was inducted into Bowdoin's Athletic Hall of Honor in 2004. A fanastic baseball player as well, McFarland has also been inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame (1989), the Maine Sports Hall of Fame (1993) and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2003).
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Feb 14, 2015 7:34 am

Bowdoin 98, Bates 70

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Junior guard Lucas Hausman tied the school record with 44 points as the Bowdoin College men's basketball team dealt Bates its worst loss since 2010, 98-70, on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears improve to 16-6 (6-3 NESCAC) with their most lopsided win over the Bobcats since 2008. The Bobcats, who entered the game as the top-ranked team in the NCAA New England Regional rankings, fall to 17-5 (6-3).

Hausman enjoyed one of the finest performances in school history, connecting on 20-25 shots from the field, including a perfect 4-4 from three point range. He is the sixth Bowdoin player to surpass 40 points in a game and tied the school mark set by Bill Fraser, against Bates, in 1954.

He was one of four Polar Bears in double digits as the squad scored a season-high 98 points. Bryan Hurley notched 15 points and dealt 12 assists to go with three steals. John Swords had 14 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks while Matt Palecki added 12 points and six caroms.

Bates was led by 11 points off the bench from Adam Philpott. Mike Boornazian and Billy Selmon had ten points apiece for the Bobcats.

Hausman was red hot in the opening period, sparking Bowdoin to a 15-point halftime lead. The junior guard knocked down 9 of his 11 shots in the period and Hurley added a trio of three-pointers to spark the Polar Bears. The Bobcats stayed within shouting distance thanks to seven three-pointers, including three from Selmon, as the Polar Bears carried a 48-33 edge into the break.

After Marcus Delpeche hit a free throw to open the second period for Bates, Bowdoin quickly put all thoughts of a comeback to rest with a 11-1 surge, pushing the lead to 25 points, 59-34, with under 16 minutes to go. Bowdoin continued to pour it on and Bates would get no closer than 20 points for the remainder of the contest, expanding their lead to as many as 35 points.

The only remaining drama was whether Hausman would match the school's 61-year scoring record, which he accomplished by scoring on consecutive possessions with under four minutes to play. Following a right-handed lay-up that gave him 44 points with 3:05 remaining, he was immediately substituted to a standing ovation at a packed Morrell Gymnasium.

Bowdoin's offense was clicking on all cylinders as the Polar Bears shot a piping hot 63.5% from the field in the game (40-63), including 66.7% from three-point range (12-18). Bates connected on 36.8% of their shots (21-57) for the contest and hit on 13 three-pointers (13-34). Bowdoin owned a 37-29 edge in rebounding for the game.

Both teams will play against Saturday with NESCAC postseason seeding at stake. The Polar Bears will host Tufts at 2:00 p.m. while the Bobcats will travel to play at Colby at 3:00 p.m.

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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:32 pm

Bowdoin 57, Tufts 54

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's basketball team secured a home NESCAC Quarterfinal game with a 57-54 win over Tufts on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.

The Polar Bears (17-6, 7-3 NESCAC) will be either the second or third seed in the upcoming conference tournament, pending Sunday's result between Amherst and Middlebury. Tufts (13-11, 6-4 NESCAC) will be the fifth seed and will travel to either Bates or Amherst for a first-round game next Saturday. Official game times and pairings will be announced on Sunday.

Tied at 51 apiece with under two minutes to play, Liam Farley's running running shot resulted in a goaltender against Tufts and gave Bowdoin the lead for good. The Jumbos had a chance to tie with under a minute to play, but Ryan Spadaford turned the ball over, giving the Polar Bears the ball with 42 seconds to play. Bryan Hurley hit an off-balance jumper in the lane to extend Bowdoin's lead to 55-51 with 12 seconds to go. Tufts quickly pushed the ball downcourt a trimmed the lead to 55-54 on a Tarik Smith three-pointer with six seconds remaining, but Hurley hit a pair of free throws and Tufts could not get off another shot as the Polar Bears clung to victory.

The contest was a back-and-forth affair throughout, with 10 tie scores, including a 26-26 deadlock at halftime, and featured eight lead changes. Neither team had larger than a six-point lead in the entire contest.

Bowdoin's Lucas Hausman did not break any scoring records on Saturday afternoon, but did lead all players with 16 points. Farley had 14 points off the bench for Bowdoin, including four important three-pointers in the opening half. John Swords had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Polar Bears.

Tom Palleschi and Smith had 14 points apiece for the Jumbos. Palleschi had five rebounds and four blocks for the visitors while Smith knocked down a trio of three-pointers in the game.

Rebounds were even at 41-41 and defenses ruled the day as Bowdoin hit on 39% of their shots and Tufts knocked down just 28%.

Bowdoin will close out its regular season on Monday night when they host Husson in a rescheduled game from January 27 at 7:00 p.m.

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Re: Bowdoin basketball - men

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon Feb 16, 2015 8:42 am

Bowdoin Basketball Teams Learn NESCAC Quarterfinal Matchups

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College basketball teams have learned game times for the upcoming NESCAC Quarterfinal games next Saturday, February 21 at Morrell Gymnasium.

Both teams will enter their respective tournaments as the second seed. Next Saturday's doubleheader will open with the Bowdoin men (17-6) hosting seventh-seeded Williams (14-9) at 2:00 p.m. The Polar Bear women (21-3) will play host to seventh-seeded Middlebury (11-13) at 4:00 p.m. Both games will be carried live on the Northeast Sports Network.

For complete championship information, visit www.nescac.com.
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Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:52 pm

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Bowdoin Mourns the Passing of Wil Smith '00

The College learned early Sunday morning of the death of Wil Smith of the Class of 2000 — an alumnus, two-time men's basketball captain, and former associate dean at Bowdoin who inspired a generation of students, faculty, and staff with his determination, optimism, and service to the common good. Dean Tim Foster, who with other friends, teammates, and colleagues visited Smith in the hospital over the weekend, wrote of Smith's life and what he has meant to the College and to so many others.

To Members of the College Community,

The Bowdoin community and so many others lost a truly wonderful person early Sunday morning when Wil Smith of the Class of 2000 finally succumbed to the cancer he had battled so long and so bravely. He was 46 years old.

Wil passed away at a hospital in Philadelphia surrounded by the love he had done so much to generate during his short but so very accomplished life. Over the past several days, many of those he befriended, inspired, and mentored during his years as a student, an athlete, and a leader at Bowdoin came to be with him in these final hours. We told him how much he meant to us and how much we loved him, and Wil responded in typical fashion with the smile we all know so well.

Wil's was truly a life well lived. Born in Florida, Wil was the last of ten children. His mother, Mildred, died of cancer on Wil's fifteenth birthday. After high school he attended Florida A&M University for a year. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1989, and was trained to be an aviation electronics technician. He served in the first Gulf War and, while stationed in Italy, he was transferred to the Brunswick Naval Air Station. In the summer of 1995, he met Bowdoin Men's Basketball Coach Tim Gilbride, who encouraged Wil to apply to Bowdoin, and the rest is a story well known by all associated with the College in those years.

But what few knew in those early days was that Wil was also a single parent. He struggled to balance his schoolwork while caring for his infant daughter, Olivia, until staff discovered his circumstances and a Bowdoin support network was established to help them both. As an older student – he was 28 when he matriculated – Wil was always a leader at Bowdoin, in the classroom, in our local community, and on the basketball court, with young Olivia playing in the stands during practice and corralled by coaches, students, and staff during games. Wil graduated with a degree in sociology, receiving his diploma in one hand while holding Olivia in the other. This inspiring story of Wil and Olivia at Bowdoin was chronicled by Yankee magazine editor Mel Allenin "A Letter to Olivia," published in the winter 2000 edition of Bowdoin magazine. Appearances on the Today Show and on Oprah followed.

After graduation, while Wil continued to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve, he joined the staff at Bowdoin as director of multicultural student programs. He went on to study law, earned his degree at the University of Maine School of Law, and in 2006, returned to Bowdoin where, as associate dean of multicultural student programs, he was instrumental in helping the College expand access and opportunities for students of color. Through his example, Wil also motivated and mentored students who were struggling. As far as Wil was concerned, there was nothing students couldn't accomplish, and he let them know that every day. Once again, the media noticed Wil's work and he was the focus of a "Making a Difference" report on NBC.

Wil was not one to sit back and take it easy. Beginning in the summer of 1999, before he graduated from Bowdoin, Wil began working with Seeds of Peace International Camp, a conflict resolution program for teenagers from Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Jordan, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States, and immigrants from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He became associate camp director in 2007, and was working at the camp right through last summer. And for nearly a decade, Wil coached basketball at Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, where he led the Lions to the state final in 2007 and amassed an overall record of 54-27. Today, at Bowdoin, we continue to acknowledge Wil's other record—his record of service—with the annual Wil Smith Community Service Award recognizing outstanding service to the community by a student athlete.

At the time of his death, Wil was dean of community and multicultural affairs at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., where he also served as girl's varsity basketball coach, director of new student orientation and student leadership training, and as chair of the school's diversity subcommittee, among several other duties.

On June 15, 2012, just after Wil was diagnosed with colon cancer, the story of Wil and Olivia was told once again to the nation in amoving Story Corps piece aired on National Public Radio. It was a conversation that told much about Wil's courage and the love between this father and his now adult daughter. And it inspired executives at Sony Pictures to reach out to Wil about telling his story in film – a project now in the planning stages thatbrought Wil and Olivia back to Bowdoin just last summer.

Memorial arrangements for Wil are pending, and the College will provide more information as it becomes available.

Many of us who knew and worked with Wil are deeply saddened today by this news of his untimely death, and our hearts go out to Olivia; to Wil's partner, Maha Jaber, and her son, Nim; and to the rest of Wil's family at this very difficult time. We will remember Wil with great fondness and affection, with respect for his many accomplishments, with awe for his optimism and determination, and with gratitude for all he did to make our community and the world beyond Bowdoin a better place.

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Tim Foster
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