A 15-foot jumper by Adisa Majors with five seconds remaining, lifted #6 Middlebury past Bowdoin (72-70) on Friday. The win is the Panthers' (17-3, 6-1) ninth-consecutive victory. Middlebury will entertain Colby on Saturday at 3:00 p.m., while the Polar Bears (14-6, 3-4) travel to Williams for a 3:00 p.m. tip-off.
Trailing 7-5 at the 17:01 mark, a layup by Majors with 11:30 remaining capped a 13-3 run spanning 5:31 of action, giving the Panthers an 18-10 lead. Bowdoin slowly chipped away at the deficit, cutting it to three on a three-pointer by David Reynolds with 6:11 remaining.
The Polar Bears took a two-point lead on a three from Jack Simonds with 3:25 to go, but a layup from Panther Jack Farrell knotted the game at 32-32 just 20 seconds later. The teams exchanged points over the next 2:57, before a basket from the beyond the arc pulled the Polar Bears to within one (39-38) headed into the locker room.
Out of the intermission, Bowdoin went on a 5-0 spurt, making the score 43-39 with 18:24 remaining. Tied 43-43 at the 17:29 mark, the visitors put together a 6-0 run, taking their largest lead of the game capped on a pair of free throws by Sam Grad.
Middlebury scored eight of the next 11 points, cutting the advantage to 52-51 on a layup by Eric McCord with 9:50 showing on the clock. Neither team led by more than four over the next four minutes, but a three from Bowdoin's Liam Farley tied the game for the sixth time (62-62).
With 2:48 to go, back-to-back three-pointers from Jack Daly and Hilal Dahleh gave the Panthers a 70-67 edge. The Polar Bears responded, sinking a three from Jack Simonds, making it 70-70 with 1:52 remaining.
Middlebury controlled the final 1:16 of the game, grabbing three offensive rebounds during the span, before the jumper by Majors lifted the Panthers past Bowdoin. A final attempt by the Polar Bears came up just short, securing the win for Middlebury.
Matt Folger led the Panthers with 12 points and six rebounds, while Daly recorded a near triple-double with nine points, 12 boards and nine assists. Dahleh chipped in with 11 points, while Majors had 10 and grabbed seven rebounds.
Simonds led all scorers with 18 points, while Farley was right behind with 17 for Bowdoin. Reynolds was the third Polar Bear in double figures with 16 points to go along with five assists, while Hugh O'Neil chipped in with six points and eight rebounds.
Middlebury held advantages in rebounding (51-37), bench points (31-11) and second-chance points (28-7) during the win.