NEW LONDON, Conn.—Seniors Jimmy Knudsen and Greg Marshall combined for 50 points and 20 rebounds as Coast Guard snapped an 18-game losing streak on Senior Day with a 64-58 win over Wheaton in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Knudsen finished with a career-high 26 points while tying a career-high with 13 rebounds while Marshall had a season-high 24 points and tied a season-high with seven rebounds as the Bears (2-19, 1-10) won their first conference game of the season.
Wheaton dropped to 9-13 overall and 1-9 in NEWMAC play.
Coast Guard's largest lead in the first half was five at 16-11 with 15:02 left before a 13-3 run put Wheaton up 24-19 with 10:14 left.
The Lyons led by as many as eight at 38-30 with 2:24 left in the half before taking a 41-36 lead into halftime.
Coast Guard came out hot to start the second half holding the Lyons without a field goal until the 10:35 mark, using a 12-1 run to start the half taking a 48-42 lead with 11:35 left in the game. The Bears took the lead for good during that run on a hoop by Marshall to make the score 43-42 with 14:26 left.
Wheaton, which was 8 of 16 from 3-point range in the opening stanza, missed all 15 attempts from 3-point range in the second half, shooting just 20 percent from the floor in the half (5-25).
The Bears led 58-50 with 4:30 left, but the Lyons did not go quietly using an 8-2 spurt to cut the lead to 60-58 following a bucket by sophomore Mike O'Loughlin with 49 seconds remaining.
Marshall made a pair of free throws with 23 seconds left and Knudsen iced the game with a pair of free throws with eight seconds left.
Freshman Billy Battaglia led the Lyons with 20 points while sophomore Eddie Capstick added 12 points for Wheaton. Senior Brian Johnson added nine points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
Junior Devonte Weems tied his season-highs with seven rebounds and eight assists in the win for Coast Guard.
The Bears shot 44.4 percent from the floor (24-54) while making 6 of 13 from behind the arc.
Coast Guard held a 41-36 advantage on the boards.
The Bears are back in action when they host Albertus Magnus on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the final home game of the season.
Post Game Comments from Head Coach Kevin Jaskiewicz