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Bowdoin Defeats Men’s Basketball

Ben Bagnoli

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Connecticut College men's basketball team fell to Bowdoin by a 76-68 score on Friday evening at the Charles B. Luce Field House.

Bowdoin (15-8, NESCAC 4-5), which led from wire-to-wire, rattled off eight unanswered to start the game and never looked back. Jack Simonds nailed back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Polar Bears going, and a pair of free throws by David Reynolds extended the lead to twin figures at 26-15 with 10:33 on the clock. The Camels brought the margin down to six when senior David Labossiere (Stoneham, Mass.) nailed a jumper, but Reynolds answered on the other end from downtown and the visitors held a 39-30 advantage at recess.

The Camels came within five points on two occasions in the opening minutes of the second half, as Labossiere connected from long range to close the gap to 46-41 and sophomore Dan Draffan (Hamden, Conn.) made a layup following a bucket by Bowdoin's Hugh O'Neil on the other end to create a 48-43 score. However, that was as close as the hosts would come the rest of the way. After Draffan missed an ensuing free throw, the Polar Bears embarked on an 11-0 run that the Camels would never be able to recover from.

Zavier Rucker and Simonds scored 17 points apiece to lead the way for Bowdoin, which shot 50.9 percent from the floor and only missed one of 11 free throw attempts. Reynolds finished with 14 points, eight boards and five assists, while O'Neil added 10 points to round out four players in twin figures for scoring.

Labossiere and Draffan paced Connecticut College in the setback with 24 and 21 points, respectively. In addition, Labossiere led all Camel players with five assists to go along with three steals and Draffan pulled down nine rebounds. Junior Ben Bagnoli (East Haven, Conn.) and freshman Matt Carlin (Syracuse, N.Y.) added eight points apiece off the bench.

Connecticut College (7-16, NESCAC 0-9) wraps up its 2018-19 season tomorrow afternoon when it hosts Colby at 3 p.m. The Camels will also recognize its three seniors before the contest.