Anderson '22 ties career high in points as men's basketball falls at Bowdoin

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Bowdoin College's David Reynolds poured in 33 points and the Polar Bears capped an improbable rally with an 81-74 NESCAC win in overtime against the Hamilton College Continentals at Bowdoin's Morrell Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

Hamilton (14-8, 2-6 NESCAC) has lost five of its six conference games by seven points or less. This was the first overtime game for the Continentals this season. Hamilton scored 20 points off 21 Polar Bear turnovers. The Continentals return to Margaret Bundy Scott Field House for another NESCAC game against Connecticut College at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Hamilton has played just one home game in its last eight.

Bowdoin (8-14, 3-6) held a 49-42 advantage on the glass. The Polar Bears made more free throws (24) than the Continentals attempted (16).

Kena Gilmour '20 paced Hamilton with 20 points and nine rebounds. Gilmour leads the conference with 22.4 points per game. Eric Anderson '22 tied a career high with 16 points and made three of the Continentals' 10 steals. Nick Osarenren '22 and Conner Rood '23 added three steals apiece. Osarenren is second in the NESCAC with 2.0 steals per contest.

Jack Shea chipped in 13 points off the bench for Bowdoin. Sam Grad posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 boards and added three blocked shots. Taiga Kagitomi contributed eight points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Hamilton scored the first five points and jumped out to a 12-2 advantage within the first four minutes. The Polar Bears didn't get closer than four points the rest of the half. The Continentals scored the last seven points of the half on a 3-pointer by Elliott Tirbaso '22 and layups by Anderson and Sayo Denloye '20 and took a 37-22 lead into the break. Bowdoin shot just 28 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes. 

Hamilton opened the second half with a 10-2 run and took its largest lead of 23 points at 47-24 after two Gilmour free throws. A layup by Spencer Kendall '21 made it 49-26 with 17:26 left.

Bowdoin slowly chipped away at the Continentals' lead and cut its deficit to single digits at 53-44 on a layup by Shea with 9:38 remaining. A 3-pointer by Vince Conn '21 put Hamilton back up by double digits at 56-44, but the Polar Bears scored the next six points and pulled within 56-50 with 7:32 to go. After a layup by Gilmour, Bowdoin went on an 8-0 run and tied the score for the first time at 58-58 on a layup by Kagitomi with 2:25 left.

An old-fashioned 3-point play by Gilmour put the Continentals back in front at 61-58, but the Polar Bears responded with six consecutive points and took their first lead. A 3-point play by Reynolds with 25 seconds remaining made it 64-61. Anderson nailed a 3-pointer from the wing five seconds later and, after a missed jumper by Bowdoin with three seconds to go, the teams went to overtime. Reynolds scored 16 points and the Polar Bears shot 55.2 percent in the second half.

The Polar Bears scored the first five points of the extra period and led the rest of the way. An offensive rebound and putback by Gilmour drew Hamilton within three at 69-66 with 2:23 left, but Bowdoin went on a 6-1 spurt and the Continentals didn't get within five points the rest of overtime. Reynolds scored five of the six points.