BRUNSWICK, Maine—Senior Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) paced five players in double figures with a game-high 19 points and visiting Babson College closed the game with a 12-2 run to defeat Bowdoin College, 76-66, in non-conference men's basketball on Sunday afternoon inside Morrell Gymnasium.
With the win, Babson improves to 6-0 on the year, while Bowdoin slips to 3-3 overall.
Junior Crew Ainge (Wellesley, Mass.) added 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while senior Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) scored 12 points, pulled down seven boards and blocked two shots for the Beavers. Junior Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) registered a double-double with 11 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, and sophomore Colin Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) came off the bench to score 10 points.
Junior Zavier Rucker (Woodbury, Conn.) and senior David Reynolds (Raleigh, N.C.), who finished 6-of-17 from the floor, both scored 15 points to lead the Polar Bears. Sophomore Taiga Kagitomi (Tokyo, Japan) also added 10 points and five rebounds in the loss.
Jaworski broke a 64-64 deadlock with two free throws with 5:04 remaining in the second half, and then canned a three-pointer on the left wing one possession later to give the Green and White a 69-64 lead. Babson stopped Bowdoin on its next eight possessions while Ainge and Jaworski combined to go 7-of-8 at the free throw line over the final 43 seconds to seal the victory.
The opening half featured seven ties and 14 lead changes before the Beavers rattled off a 9-0 run that included three-pointers from Coolahan and Oftring to take a 38-32 lead into the locker room. The Green and White took its biggest lead of the afternoon at 42-32 thanks to hoops by Oftring and Ainge with 17:39 to play in the second half before Reynolds capped a 22-11 run with a three-point play that put the Polar Bears in front 54-53 with 9:31 remaining.
The game was tied six times and the lead changed hands four times over the next four and a half minutes. Rucker followed Coolahan's three-pointer with a driving layup before Jaworski put Babson in front for good on the ensuing possession.
The Beavers shot 43.6 percent from the floor and outscored Bowdoin 20-12 at the free throw line in addition to finishing with a 37-34 edge on the glass. The Polar Bears shot 43.1 percent but struggled from deep, going 1-of-10 in the second half and 4-of-22 (18.2 percent) for the game.
Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts third-ranked Amherst at 7 p.m., while Bowdoin takes on Bates on Thursday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 19-21 all-time against Bowdoin and have won two straight in the series.
• Babson's victory on Sunday is its first in Morrell Gymnasium since January 2003.
• The Beavers have won their last six contests against NESCAC opponents, a streak which includes three straight wins on the road.
• Sunday marked the third time this season that Babson has had at least five players score in double figures.