NEW LONDON, Conn.--(2/18/12)--Junior Russell Braithwaite had 18 points while classmate Alex Rudolph added 15 points and eight rebounds leading Babson to a 78-68 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game, the final game of the season for the Bears.
Babson (13-12, 6-6) clinched the fourth seed with the win and will host a first round game in the NEWMAC tournament on Wednesday night. Coast Guard finishes the season 8-14 overall and 2-10 in league play.
Coast Guard led by as many as six in the first half, the last being a 26-20 lead with 7:11 left in the first half before the Beavers used a 12-2 run to take a 32-28 lead with 2:53 left in the half. Babson led 38-34 at halftime.
The Beavers never gave up the lead in the second half. Babson led 51-49 with 11:52 left before scoring six straight for a 57-49 edge with 9:26 remaining in game.
The Bears would only get as close as four at 59-55 with 7:01 left, but the Beavers used a three-pointer by sophomore Connor Boyen and layup by Braithwaite to push the lead to 64-55 with 5:35 left and they never looked back.
Freshman David Mack had nine points and a game-high 15 rebounds off the bench for Babson, which shot 43.1 percent from the floor (25-58) while making just three of 14 from three-point range.
Junior Greg Marshall had a game-high 19 points to lead Coast Guard while sophomore Kevin Sowers added 13 points and five rebounds. Trip Fernandes, Coast Guard's only senior, had 11 points and a team-high six rebounds on Senior Day, the final game of his career.
The Bears shot 41.1 percent from the field (23-56) while making seven of 18 from behind the arc.
Babson outrebounded the Bears 40-28 in the win.
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