BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Facing a rival in a road game for the second time in as many days, the Bates men's basketball team saw its four-game win streak come to an end with a 69-48 non-conference loss at Bowdoin on Sunday. The teams will meet again at Bates on Jan. 14 in their NESCAC matchup.
Will Hanley led the way for Bowdoin (7-2), scoring 17 points with eight rebounds. Andrew Madlinger had 11 points for the Polar Bears, who also got 10 apiece from Bryan Hurley and Ryan O'Connell.
Senior John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) had his second double-double in a row and his third of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with a pair of steals for the Bobcats (5-3), who played without their leading scorer, junior Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine). Junior Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) contributed eight points, six rebounds and three assists.
Bates jumped out of the gate quickly by hitting its first five shots, with Squires hitting two straight three-pointers, followed by back-to-back jumpers from sophomore Sean Cunningham (Amherst, Mass.), making his first career start, and another jumper by Squires. But the Bobcats made just five field goals over the final 16 minutes of the half out of 24 attempts. The Polar Bears took advantage and mounted a 16-2 run, sparked by a pair of Hurley threes and a dunk by Hanley to take a lead they did not relinquish.
On the strength of 60% shooting in the period, Bowdoin carried a 38-26 edge into the break. The Polar Bears pushed the lead to as many as 18 points early in the second half before a 9-2 surge by the Bobcats, powered by a three-pointer and a two-point jumper by Brust, trimmed the lead to 51-40 with 11:30 to go. Bates had a pair of possessions with the chance to cut the lead into single digits, but came away empty as Bowdoin answered with a 9-3 spurt to put the game out of reach.
Bowdoin shot 54.9% from the field for the game and connected on 6-12 from three-point range. Bates went 18-58 from the field (31.0%) and hit just 8-of-26 attempts from long distance.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Polar Bears against the Bobcats. Bowdoin's last victory in the series came on January 22, 2010.