BRUNSWICK, Maine -The Husson Eagles (13-9, 9-2 NAC) fell on the road to the Bowdoin College Polar Bears (14-8, 3-5 NESCAC) on Tuesday night, by a final score of 78-60.
The Polar Bears came out shooting the ball well, taking an early 12-2 lead at the 15:23 mark in the half. The Eagles were able to cut the deficit back down to seven points just a few minutes later after a basket by Justin Martin and a free throw from Brett Cunningham, but from there, Bowdoin took over. The Polar Bears strung together a 15-3 run, and held a commanding 29-10 lead at the midway point of the first half.
Both teams played hard throughout the latter part of the first half, and the Polar Bears were able to keep their lead. DJ Bussey and Martin both had eight points in the half for the Eagles, and Martin also added seven rebounds. At the half, Bowdoin led, 37-25.
The Eagles bounced back explosively to start the second half, going on a 10-2 run to start the quarter. After a three-pointer from Bussey, the Eagles found themselves down by only four points. From here, the home team began to take back control of the game, as the Polar Bears padded their lead back up to 13-points at the midway point in the second half.
Husson struggled on the offensive end towards the end of the game, and eventually let the Polar Bears lead build all the way up to 18-points. Bussey made a few three-pointers late, but the deficit was too much to overcome, and Bowdoin secured a home victory by a final score of 78-60.
DJ Bussey led the Eagles with 17-points, including three 3-pointers. He also recorded two steals in the effort.
Justin Martin dominated the paint, scoring 11 points and pulling down nine rebounds.
Brett Cunningham added nine points and secured three rebounds, in 22 minutes off the bench.
Jack Simonds stole the show, scoring a game-high 31 points on 12-18 shooting, including four made three-pointers. He also had four rebounds and four assists in the win.
Hugh O'Neil dominated inside for the Polar Bears, snagging 14 rebounds and scoring 12 points in the paint.
Stephen Ferraro played well for Bowdoin, finishing with nine points, four rebounds and two steals.
The Eagles will look to get back on track this Friday, February 8th, when they host Thomas College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 PM.