NEW LONDON, Conn.-Without injured senior Greg Marshall, Coast Guard (1-13, 0-4) played tight with Babson (9-8, 1-4) before ultimately coming up on the short end of a 61-55 score in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game. Junior Devonte Weems played brilliantly in the loss for the Bears, scoring a season-high 16 points (7-of-16 shooting) while posting a season-high tying seven rebounds, blocking two shots, and recording an assist.
Babson started out hot, making their first three field goals en route to an 8-0 lead just over two minutes into the contest. Senior Russell Braithwaite scored on two layups and added a free throw before freshman Travis Sheldon hit a three giving Babson its biggest lead of the game. Coast Guard showed resiliency as they battled back to pull within two at the halftime whistle, led by 12 points from Weems.
For Coast Guard, all 10 players who saw action scored in leading a balanced effort. In addition to Weems' 16, senior Ed Gailor scored eight, senior Jimmy Knudsen added five, while junior Kevin Sowers and sophomore David Anderson each chipped in six, respectively.
Clutch free throw shooting down the stretch sealed the victory for the Beavers, snapping a three-game NEWMAC losing streak. Babson made five out of six shots from the stripe in the final minute and 18 seconds as Braithwaite and Sheldon each hit twice from the line and sophomore John Wickey made one of two to seal the final score.
Wickey played the role of Mr. Big Shot all night for Babson, scoring a game-high 20 points on the strength of 8-of-12 shooting and pulling down six rebounds. Joining Wickey in double figures for the visiting Beavers were Braithwaite (13) and junior Kenny Ross (11). In addition to Ross' scoring output, he also added a game-high six assist. Braithwaite had six rebounds for Babson to match Wickey's team-high.
For the game Coast Guard out-rebounded Babson by a narrow 30-29 margin. In addition to Weems' game-high seven, Knudsen and Anderson each had five of their own. Gailor paced the Bears with three of their seven assists on the night. Knudsen added to his team-leading 20 steals with two more tonight, while sophomore Eli Sponseller had two of his own.
Coast Guard turned the ball over a season-low six times.
Coast Guard will return to action with a 7:00 tip on Monday, January 21st, against Connecticut College.
Post Game Comments from Head Coach Kevin Jaskiewicz