PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomore Kyle Jackson (Acton, Mass.) hit the game-winning basket as time expired Tuesday evening to lift Bowdoin College past Plymouth State University, 65-64, in a non-conference men’s basketball game at Foley Gymnasium.
Plymouth State took a one-point lead with less than 10 seconds remaining on a clutch three-pojnt basket by senior Mike Walcek (Dover, N.H.) The Polar Bears’ first attempt at a game-winning shot hit the rim and was knocked out of bounds, but Bowdoin was awarded the ball with nine-tenths of a second on the clock. After timeouts by both teams, Bowdoin junior Andrew Sargeantson (New Canaan, Conn.) tossed an alley-oop inbounds pass to Jackson, who laid it off the glass and in for the winning basket.
Junior Andrew Hippert (Spencer, Mass.) led all scorers with 17 points for Bowdoin, while Jackson finished with 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore Jordan Fliegel (Cambridge, Mass.) added nine points and senior Kevin Bradley (Seekonk, Mass.) chipped in with eight.
Freshman Mike Chergey (Bow, N.H.) paced the home team with 14 points, making 6-of-7 shots from the floor. Senior Devin Ruocco (Dover, N.H.) added 12 points and a team-high seven boards, and junior Chris Wilkinson (Newmarket, N.H.) also scored 12 points.
Plymouth State led much of the first half, and had a nine-point advantage (34-25) with six minutes remaining. The Polar Bears rallied, outscoring the Panthers 11-2 to pull even (36-all) at the intermission.
It remained a tight game throughout the second half, with 11 lead changes and neither team leading by more than five points. The visitors maintained the advantage in the final six minutes until Walcek’s go-ahead basket in the final 10 seconds.
PSU shot 60 percent from the field in the first half and 51.1 percent for the game, while Bowdoin connected at a 44.2 percent clip for the contest. The Panthers finished with a 34-23 rebounding advantage.
Bowdoin, 6-3 overall, is back in action Saturday at UMaine Farmington (2:00 p.m.) The Panthers, 6-6, travel to UMass Dartmouth Saturday for a Little East Conference affair (3:00 p.m.) and return home to host UMaine Farmington on Sunday at Foley Gymnasium (3:00 p.m.)
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