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Schwarz has 21 points for Colby men's basketball in setback

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Despite a collegiate-high 21 points from first-year Ronan Schwarz, the Colby College men's basketball team fell 76-67 to Bowdoin College in non-conference play Saturday.

Colby drops to 4-3 overall and will play at University of Maine at Presque Isle on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Polar Bears (4-2) and the Mules will play the NESCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Colby.

Bowdoin built an early 15-6 lead and pushed their advantage to as many as 13 points in the opening half before the Mules clawed back. Colby closed the opening half on a 13-4 surge, capped by a Maximilian Steiner three-pointer before the break that closed the gap 37-33 at intermission.

The Mules continued to rally early in the second half, trimming the lead to a single point on a couple of occasions before a running layup by Schwarz gave them a 46-45 edge with 11 minutes to go. 

The teams traded buckets over the next three minutes and found themselves tied at 53 with 7:02 remaining. Bowdoin rolled off a quick 7-2 spurt to regain the lead, keyed by three-pointers from Blake Gordon and Jack Bors, but Colby was able to stay close thanks to a healthy advantage from the free-throw line. The Mules hit 10 free throws in a five-minute stretch. 

With the Polar Bears holding a slim 63-60 edge with 3:27 to go, Liam Farley nailed his third three-pointer to push the lead to six and, after a Colby turnover, a driving layup by Jack Simonds made it 68-60 with under three minutes to play.

Schwarz was 7-for-11 from the field, 7-of-9 from the foul line, and had six rebounds for Colby. Ethan Schlager (pictured) added 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting and added five rebounds. Patrick Stewart struggled from the field and had seven points, but di add five rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots, and two steals. Tyler Williams finished with six rebounds and three assists.

Simonds led Bowdoin with 21 points and Farley had 12. Tim Ahn added a game-high 10 assists.
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