NEW LONDON, Conn.—Junior Joshua Ford had a game-high 24 points and a team-high nine rebounds and host Mitchell used a 9-0 second half run to beat Coast Guard 88-71 in a non-conference game between the two New London schools.
Mitchell beat the Bears for the first time in school history to improve to 3-0 on the season while the Bears, still playing without their starting backcourt, drop to 1-2 on the early season.
Coast Guard led 55-53 following a bucket by sophomore David Anderson, but Mitchell took the lead for good scoring nine straight to take a 62-55 lead with 9:22 left.
The Bears would only get as close as five at 71-66 on a basket by Anderson with 5:17 left, but Mitchell used an 11-2 run to put the game away.
Anderson and Marshall each finished with 22 points while Anderson registered his third straight double-double as he finished with a team-high ten rebounds. Sophomore Eli Sponseller had a career-high ten points in the loss.
Mitchell jumped out to a 13-7 lead with 15:40 left in the first half before Coast Guard scored five straight to cut the deficit to 13-12 following a hoop by Marshall with 14:17 left.
The Mariners took their largest lead of the half 21-14 with 12:40 left, but Coast Guard scored 13 straight, six by Anderson, for a 27-21 lead with 9:29 left in the half.
Mitchell responded by scoring eight of the next nine to take a 29-28 lead with 6:51 remaining in the opening half. The Mariners led 44-42 at halftime.
Anderson had 14 points in the first half while Marshall added 12 as Coast Guard was 17 for 29 from the floor (58.6 percent) while making 2 of 5 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. Mitchell also shot it well in the opening half hitting 18 of 33 (54.5 percent) while making 5 of 13 from behind the arc.
The Bears shot 48.3 percent (28-58) from the floor in the game while making 6 of 16 from 3-point range. Mitchell shot 50 percent (30-60) from the field and hit 6 of 20 from downtown. The Mariners held a huge edge hitting 22 of 27 from the foul line, 19 of 23 in the second half while the Bears were 9 of 13 from the line, just 3 of 5 in the final 20 minutes.
"We didn't lose because we didn't play hard, because I thought we did play hard, but in the end you can't turn the ball over 18 times and beat anybody," said Coast Guard head coach Kevin Jaskiewicz. "When the other teams goes to the line twice as many times as we do in the second half and we never got to the one-and-one, it is hard to overcome and that the difference. Mitchell did a great job and we have a lot of work to do."
Coast Guard is now off for ten days before taking on Wheelock at home in the first round of the Citizens Bank Camel/Cadet Classic on Friday, Nov. 30th at 6 p.m.