NEW LONDON, Conn.-The Coast Guard bench combined for score 39 points and 22 rebounds but it wasn't enough as the Bears fell to visiting Connecticut College 62-55 in a non-conference matchup. The Bears played a spirited game and fell just short in the end, a major turnaround after dropping a 68-33 decision to the Camels back on December 1.
Senior Greg Marshall led the Coast Guard charge, scoring 15 for the hosts on 6-for-13 shooting. Junior Kevin Sowers joined Marshall in double figures with a season high 13 points to go along with his team- and season-high seven rebounds.
Junior Devonte Weems wasn't able to get anything going offensively for Coast Guard as he followed up his season-high 16 last Wednesday with just six points on 2-for-6 shooting from the field. He was, however, able to pull down four rebounds, block two shots, hand out four assists, and record a steal.
Despite a significant size disadvantage, Coast Guard was able to hang on in the rebounding battle, though they were eventually outrebounded by a 45-37 margin. It was a balanced effort for the Bears as 11 different players were able to pull down at least two rebounds apiece.
For Coast Guard, senior Jimmy Knudsen had another strong game, finishing with eight points, two rebounds, three assists, a block, and a season-high four steals. Following a slow start to the first half that saw Coast Guard fall behind 15-2, the Bears rebounded nicely by managing to outscore Connecticut College 13-10 for the remainder of the half, as they were able to build some momentum heading into the locker room.
The second half was able to provide a clean slate for shooting the ball and Coast Guard took serious advantage while also ramping up their defense. Following a horrendous 6-for-30 (20 percent) first half shooting effort, the Bears were able to come back and hit 15-for-30 (50 percent) from the field in the second half. On the defensive side, Coast Guard, after allowing Connecticut College to shoot 10-for-27 (37 percent) in the first half, held the Camels to just 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) shooting in the second half.
The best all-around game of the night belonged to Connecticut College junior Matt Vadas as he poured in 18 points to go along with his game-high 11 rebounds and two steals. In addition to Vadas, Connecticut College was led by freshman Jared Shill who aided the cause with 13 points – including hitting a number of clutch free throws down the stretch – to help to seal the victory. Shill was also able to grab six rebounds and record a pair of steals.
Following a layup by Shill making it 60-48, Coast Guard was able to go on a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to just 60-53 with 0:39 to play, but were unable to pull any closer before the final horn sounded. The run was sparked by a three-pointer from Knudsen and free throws by both Marshall and sophomore Eli Sponseller.
Coast Guard returns to action on Wednesday, January 23, with a 6:00 tip at Wheaton College, before returning home on Saturday, January 26 for a 1:00 matchup against nationally ranked MIT.
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