Bears Fall to Salem State in Season Opener

Bears Fall to Salem State in Season Opener

WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS.— Salem State scored 17 straight points in span of just under four minutes to erase an early deficit as the Vikings beat Coast Guard 87-60 at the Williams Tip-Off Tournament, the season opener for both schools.

Coast Guard will take on Williams or Southern Vermont in the consolation game on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Bears are without their starting backcourt of juniors Kevin Sowers and Devonte Weems along with junior forward John Benedict, who are all injured to start the season.

The Bears jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the in the opening minutes and led 10-4 following a 3-point basket by senior Greg Marshall with 15:05 left in the first half before the 17-0 run by Salem State gave the Vikings a 21-10 lead with 11:15 left in the opening half.

The Vikings, an NCAA tournament team last season, used a 12-2 spurt later in the half to open up a 41-20 lead with 3:25 left. Salem State led 46-24 at halftime.

Three players scored for Coast Guard in the first half as sophomore David Anderson led the way with nine points, Marshall added eight and senior Ed Gailor added all seven of his points in the first 20 minutes.

Coast Guard came out strong in the second half and scored 11 of the first 15 points to cut the deficit to 50-35 with 16:20 left in the game, but the Vikings then ran off seven straight pushing the lead back to 57-35 with 14:33 remaining.

Anderson recorded a double-double as he led the Bears with 16 points and 13 rebounds while Marshall finished with 14 points and freshman Joe Whitman had six points in his first collegiate game.

Coast Guard was 23 of 61 from the floor (37.7 percent) while making 4 of 14 from 3-point range.

Salem State shot 38.1 percent from the field (32 of 84) while hitting 7 of 28 from behind the arc.

The Vikings held a 51-42 edge on the glass and took advantage of 25 turnovers by Coast Guard.

Head Coach Kevin Jaskiewicz's Post Game Comments

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