NCAA First Round: Bowdoin Falls to Richard Stockton, 72-66

NCAA First Round: Bowdoin Falls to Richard Stockton, 72-66

Courtesy of Bowdoin Sports Information

- The Bowdoin men's basketball team saw its season come to an end in a 72-66 loss to Richard Stockton in the opening round of NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday at Cabrini College.

The Polar Bears conclude their season with a 19-6 record. Richard Stockton (24-4) advances to play Cabrini tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m., with the winner advancing to the "Sweet Sixteen." This season marked Bowdoin's fourth NCAA Tournament appearance. The Polar Bears last qualified in 2008 and also earned bids in 1999 and 1996.

John Swords finished with 16 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. Andrew Madlinger had 16 points for the Polar Bears while Keegan Pieri pitched in 10. Richard Stockton got outstanding games from Rich Suhr and Josh Blamon, who posted 21 and 20 points, respectively, in the win.

The Ospreys jumped to a 32-18 lead in the opening half, but a late Bowdoin push closed the gap to 34-28 at halftime. Suhr nailed a pair of three-pointers and scored 11 points in the first seven minutes of the second half as Richard Stockton pushed the lead back to double figures, 54-43, with 11:04 to go.

Bowdoin would rally on several occasions - cutting the lead to three points on one occasion, but could get no closer. A three-pointer by Madlinger trimmed the lead to 67-62 with under a minute to play, but the Ospreys hit 5-6 from the free throw line in the final minute to seal the win.

The Polar Bears held a 38-26 lead on the glass, but Richard Stockton committed just one turnover for the game compared to 11 for Bowdoin.