Date Posted:11/18/2004,  11:00AM

2004 Men's Basketball Preview

Head Coach: Tim Gilbride (18 seasons, 254-204, .555)

Leading Returners: Kyle Petrie, pictured (15.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.1 apg), Mark Yakavonis (10.5 ppg, 8.6 rpg) Kevin Bradley (9.2 ppg, 2.9 apg)

Key Losses: T.J. McLeod (15.6 ppg), Jon Farmer (7.8 ppg)

Newcomers: Andrew Sargeantson, Andrew Hippert, Brian Lockhart, Jordan Fliegel

2003 RECAP: After starting the season 7-7, the Polar Bears finished strong and won nine of their final 11 games to finish with a strong 16-9 record and a fourth-place finish in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. Ahead of Bowdoin in the standings were Williams, Amherst and Trinity- all NCAA Tournament teams. Kyle Petrie did not fall victim to a sophomore slump, earning Second-Team All-NESCAC honors.

2004 PREVIEW: With an athletic squad and a number of versatile players who can play an inside or outside game, the Polar Bears appear to set up well for the new season.

The outside game and point guard duties will fall on returning point guard Kevin Bradley, pictured , who earned his stripes as a rookie last year. Mark Yakavonis has developed to an powerful inside player, while Petrie's versatility gives coach Tim Gilbride numerous offensive options.

Returning guards include co-captain Sean Walker, Nick Ordway, Eli Maitland and Antawn Phillips. First-years Andrew Hippert and Brian Lockhart will also fight for playing time. Returners Jac Arbour and John Goodridge will combine with rookies Jordan Fliegel and Andrew Sargeantson up front at the forward position for Bowdoin.

Bowdoin will open their season at the Salem State Tournament on November 20-21, and will host Southern Maine in their home- opener on November 30. Rival Bates will come to town on December 2.

DID YOU KNOW: Kyle Petrie's 15.7 points per game average was the highest for a Bowdoin player since David Lovely averaged 19.0 points in the 1998-99 campaign.

COACH GILBRIDE SAYS: "We've been working really hard in the preseason and getting outstanding leadership from Sean (Walker) and Yak (Mark Yakavonis. We have a nice blend of returners with experience and one of the best players in the league in Kyle (Petrie). With an influx of first-year contributors, we're really excited for the new season."