basketball winning streak ends at three
HENRY COPPOLA, STAFF WRITER
This past Saturday the Bears saw their three game winning
streak come to an end with a 70-55 loss at Williams. An uncharacteristically
poor shooting night led to the defeat as Bowdoin shot only 40 percent
in the second half, turning a close half-time score into the eventual
15 point deficit.
It was a rare lapse for the team, which leads the NESCAC
in field goal percentage, draining nearly half of its shots at a 48.6
percent clip. Williams was led by Tim Folan, who dropped in seven shots
from beyond the arc. The Eph's had ten three-pointers on the night, which
would prove to be too much for the Bears.
Bowdoin was led by senior David Baranowski who sported
a double-double with 18 points and 13 boards. Speaking of Baranowski and
field-goal percentage, he leads not only the NESCAC but the nation as
well with a 68.8 percent rating.
Overall, last week was a good one for the Bears as they
picked up victories over St. Joseph's (Maine) and Middlebury before falling
to Williams. For the second straight year Bowdoin eked one out at Middlebury
Baranowski led the way in that game as well, putting
up 22 points as the Bears shot 54 percent on the night. At St. Joe's the
Bears led the whole with three players in double figures as they knocked
off the Monks for the third straight meeting.
The week capped off a torrid January for the Bears,
which saw them go on win streaks of three and four games. They went 7-3
on the month as they pushed their record to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the
One of the seven victories came in overtime against
Connecticut College who had been a preseason favorite. That game saw many
lead changes and several runs before Steve McKinnon '01 hit two free-throws
to ice it at 83-79. Bowdoin also defeated Colby-Sawyer, Plymouth State,
Maine-Farmington, and Colby in January. The other two losses came at Babson
In this, the first official NESCAC season of Basketball
complete with playoffs and a conference champion, Bowdoin is looking strong
so far. The team has already topped its victory total from last year when
it went 11-13.
Last season saw the Bears start out strong before stumbling
down the stretch. Hopefully Bowdoin will maintain this high level of play
and keep me busy in front of a keyboard late into February.
The Bears have six games remaining, five of them conference
match-ups, which carry greater significance this season with the playoffs
looming. Senior captain Greg Lovely said, "I like our chances (to make
the playoffs). We already beat Connecticut College who was one of the
favorites. If we play the way we're capable of, I know we'll do well."
The team will remain on the road for the next couple
of weeks playing at Bates tonight and at Tufts tomorrow, before traveling
to Farmington and Colby next week, and finally returning home to finish
up with games against Amherst and Trinity on February 16 and 17.
I hope everyone waits in breathless anticipation for
next week's article considering that you can't see your beloved Bears
play for several more weeks.
As long as the basketball team is on the road get out
and support some of the other squads playing on campus this weekend. Don't
miss one of the best hockey weekends of the season as Middlebury and Norwich
come to Dayton for games Friday and Saturday respectfully.
Well, let me just say that its good to be back and until
next week as always, Go U Bears!!
Scott McCabe '02 lets go of a shot against Bates. (Colin LeCroy/Bowdoin