Marshall, Benedict Lead Bears to OT Win
NEW LONDON, CONN.--(2/8/12)--Junior Greg Marshall had a game-high 22 points and sophomore John Benedict had a season-high 17 points and did not miss a field goal leading Coast Guard to a 91-81 overtime win over Clark in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Coast Guard snaps a three-game losing streak and keeps its NEWMAC tournament hopes alive with a win improving to 8-12 overall and 2-8 in conference play while Clark drops to 10-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
Benedict, who was a perfect seven for seven from the field, made a free throw to open the scoring in overtime before Marshall nailed a three-pointer giving the Bears a 79-75 lead with 4:08 left in the extra session.
Sophomore Kevin Sowers, who finished with 15 points and a game-high five assists, scored a bucket with 55 seconds pushing the lead to 86-80 and the Bears held on for the win.
Clark led 75-74 following a layup by senior D.J. Bailey with 50 seconds left in regulation before Benedict made one of two free throws with 36 seconds left to tie the game.
The Cougars turned the ball over with three seconds left in regulation, but Marshall's three-pointer at the buzzer was no good sending the game to overtime.
Clark jumped out to an early leads of 10-3 and then 15-5 with 13:57 left in the first half before the Bears used a 12-2 spurt to tie the game 17-17 and then trailing 20-17, Coast Guard used an 11-2 run to take its largest lead of the half 28-22 with 4:21 left following a layup by freshman Jesse Hughes. Coast Guard led 35-32 at halftime.
Coast Guard led by as many as eight in the second half 46-38 with 16:41 left, but Clark would regain the lead 63-61 on a hoop by Bailey with 7:23 left and pushed the lead to 65-61 following a pair of free throws by senior Mitch Renshaw with 6:46 remaining.
The Bears would take the lead once again 74-73 on a layup by Marshall with 1:53 left before Bailey's hoop with 50 seconds left gave Clark its last lead of the game.
Coast Guard shot 55.4 percent from the floor (36-65) while making three of 10 from behind the arc while Clark finished 27-61 from the floor (44.3 percent) and made seven of 21 from three-point range.
Senior Trip Fernandes finished with 13 points in the win for Coast Guard.
Renshaw finished with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds while senior Travis Curley added 10 points for Clark.