NEWPORT, R.I.—Salve Regina jumped out to a 17-4 lead and used an 18-0 first half run en route to a 72-50 win over Coast Guard in a non-conference game, the first game of the new year for both teams.
Freshman Joe Whitman led Coast Guard with a career-high 12 points in the loss as the Bears dropped to 1-8 on the season 0-5 on the road.
Whitman came off the bench and made all four of his first half shots including a pair from 3-point range to lead all scorers with ten first half points in just ten minutes played.
Junior Joshua Hohlfelder led three Salve Regina players in double figures with 18 points while junior Jeff Bielefeld added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds as the Seahawks improved to 6-3 on the season.
Junior Isiah Pringle hit back-to-back 3-pointers as Salve Regina jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the opening five minutes. The Seahawks pushed the lead to 17-4 with 12:19 left in the opening half.
The Bears scored seven of the next ten to pull to within 20-11 following an old fashion 3-point play by senior Greg Marshall with 9:16 left in the half, but Salve responded with the 18 straight for a commanding 38-11 advantage with 1:53 left in the first half.
Salve Regina, which outrebounded the Bears 23-9 in the first half, led 43-20 at the break.
The Seahawks pushed the lead to 29 at 55-26 with 13:10 left in the game before the Bears scored eight straight over the next four minutes to make the score 55-34.
Marshall added 11 points while he and freshman Mark Krebs, who made his first career start, each have five rebounds to lead the Bears.
Coast Guard shot 35.2 percent from the floor (19-54) and made 2 of 11 from 3-point range while Salve Regina was 25 of 59 from the field (42.4 percent) while making 9 of 25 from behind the arc.
The Seahawks held a 45-31 advantage on the glass.
"We came out cold shooting from the floor while Salve made six 3-pointers in the first half," said head coach Kevin Jaskiewicz. "That was hard to overcome, but we did a much better job of shooting and executing our offense in the second half. It was good to see some solid contributions from our freshmen tonight"
Coast Guard will open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday on the road against Springfield at 1 p.m.