Amherst Falls to Bowdoin on Last-Second Bucket, 69-68

Taylor Barrise scored a career-high 23 points in the
narrow loss at Bowdoin.

From a Bowdoin College release

BRUNSWICK, ME – The 18th-ranked Amherst College men's basketball team was unable to stop Bowdoin's Mark Phillips from putting home a rebound with two seconds remaining to give the Polar Bears a dramatic 69-68 win on Friday evening. The Polar Bears improve to 10-7 (2-2 NESCAC) with the win, while the Jeffs fall to 13-4 (3-1) with the defeat.

Amherst came out firing, opening up a 15-5 lead after a Taylor Barrise (Allendale, NJ) three-pointer six minutes into the contest. Bowdoin bounced back with a 20-8 run over the next eight minutes, taking the lead for the first time on a beautiful half-court alley-oop pass from Randy DeFeo to Will Hanley, who laid it in for a 30-28 Polar Bear lead. The teams traded buckets for the remainder of the half with the Jeffs grasping a 34-33 advantage at the break.

The teams swapped baskets for the early portion of the second period before Barrise scored five straight points to cap a 9-0 spurt that gave the Jeffs a 58-48 lead with seven minutes to play. Bowdoin cut the lead to five points with five minutes left after a Wyatt Littles free throw, but Barrise responded with a three-pointer from the wing that gave the visitors an eight-point lead, 63-55, with just four minutes on the clock.

Bowdoin used a 6-0 run to cut the lead to two points with 2:45 remaining and was able to trim the lead to a single point on three occasions down the stretch, the last of which came on a jumper from Paul Sellew with 12 ticks left. Bowdoin fouled Barrise, who missed his first of a 1-and-1 free throw attempt with the rebound bouncing out of play to give Bowdoin the ball, trailing 68-67.

Hanley drove the length of the court and lofted an off-balance shot off the glass and rim. Phillips, waiting on the back side of the boards, grabbed the carom and laid the into the cylinder for the go-ahead points with two seconds remaining. Amherst’s Conor Meehan (Meriden, CT) threw up a desperation three-pointer from 35 feet, but it sailed wide and Bowdoin secured the victory.

Phillips finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Bowdoin. Sellew had 15 and 10 rebounds while Mike Hauser notched 11 points and 10 assists for the hosts. Hanley netted 14 for the Polar Bears, who held a 40-30 edge on the glass.

Barrise led all scorers with a career-high 23 points for Amherst. Meehan finished with 14, while Jeff Holmes (Saunderstown, RI) notched a dozen for the visitors. The Lord Jeffs will travel to face Colby College Saturday at 4 p.m.