Skevas, Eisenberg lead Panthers in 2013 debut
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Sophomores Keegan Pieri (Camden, Maine) and Bryan Hurley (Watertown, Mass.) and junior Andrew Madlinger (Basking Ridge, N.J.) combined to score 47 points Wednesday afternoon as Bowdoin College ran past Plymouth State University, 75-53, in the 2013 men's basketball debut for both teams at Foley Gymnasium.
Pieri topped all scorers with 18 points for Bowdoin while Hurley contributed 15 and Madlinger chipped in with 14. The three Polar Bears combined to make 17-of-29 shots from the field, with Hurley leading the way by converting 6-of-8, including 3-of-4 from three-point range. Bowdoin won its fifth game in a row to improve to 6-2 overall.
Plymouth State got solid performances from starting guards Petey Skevas (Wethersfield, Conn.) and Kevin Eisenberg (Moultonborough, N.H.) Skevas led the Panthers with 16 points and five assists, while Eisenberg finished with 14 points, making 4-of-7 from beyond the three-point arc. The Panthers slipped to 2-8 overall.
Bowdoin never trailed in the game, taking a double-digit lead (18-7) midway through the first half. An undersized Panther squad got the margin down to six points after a lay-up by Skevas and a three-pointer by sophomore Alex Burt (Dover, N.H.) but Bowdoin pushed the lead up to 14 points (32-18) with three minutes left in the half, and went to the locker room with a 39-24 bulge. Pieri had 14 of his 18 points in the opening half.
The visitors extended the lead to more than 20 points five minutes into the second half and PSU was unable to mount a challenge the rest of the way.
PSU returns to Little East Conference play Saturday with a visit to Eastern Connecticut State University. Bowdoin plays its next four games at home, beginning Friday with a NESCAC contest against Hamilton College.
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