NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Tim Swenson had 20 points and 16 rebounds leading Springfield to a 73-60 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Senior Robbie Burke added 14 points while sophomore Alex Garstka and senior Sean Martin each finished with ten points in the win for the Pride, who improved to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC.
Springfield used an 11-2 run in the first half to take its largest lead of the half, 29-19 with 7:31 left following a layup by sophomore Larry Piretra.
The Bears answered right back with a 7-1 spurt capped on a bucket by junior Eli Sponseller with 2:13 left making the score 32-38.
The Pride led 35-30 at halftime and never trailed in the second half.
Coast Guard would get as close as three points twice in the second half, the final time being 44-41 with 14:47 left.
Martin's layup with 7:15 left gave the Pride their first double digit lead of the half and they never looked back.
Springfield shot 52.2 percent from the field (24-46) while making 4 of 14 from 3-point range in the win.
Coast Guard shot 41 percent from the floor (25-61) and hit 7 of 23 from behind the arc. The Pride held a 35-26 edge in rebounding and Springfield went to the line 30 times (21-30) while the Bears were just 3 of 4 from the foul line.
Sophomore Ricky Rodriguez had a season-high 18 points and team-high eight rebounds to lead Coast Guard, which saw its two-game win streak snapped. The Bears are 4-12 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Senior John Benedict added 11 points off the bench for the Bears while junior David Anderson finished with ten points for the Bears. Senior Devonte Weems had a game-high six assists to move into 7th place on the Bears all-time list with 245 career assists.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Babson for a 1 p.m. tip.
POST GAME COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH KEVIN JASKIEWICZ
February 15, 2014 WPI Outlasts Coast Guard 56-45
February 12, 2014 Emerson Beats Bears 75-64
February 8, 2014 Bears Fall to MIT, 45-37
February 6, 2014 Bears fall at Clark, 71-62
February 2, 2014 Bench Leads Bears Past Wheaton, 73-55
January 29, 2014 #4 WPI Hold Off Bears Upset Bid
January 25, 2014 Bears Fall at Babson
January 22, 2014 Coast Guard Falls to Springfield
January 19, 2014 Rodriguez leads Bears to Second Win in Two Days
January 18, 2014 Bears Storm Back, Gain First NEWMAC Win
January 15, 2014 Bears Upset Bid Falls Short at MIT
January 11, 2014 Bears Fall at Emerson
January 8, 2014 Bears Drop NEWMAC Opener at Wheaton
January 4, 2014 Bears Fall at Rival Conn. 96-87
December 30, 2013 Coast Guard Falls at Army
December 11, 2013 Bears Fall in Double OT
December 10, 2013 Tuesday's Men's Basketball Game Postponed Until Wednesday
December 7, 2013 Bears Rally to Advance to Citizens Bank Championship Game
November 26, 2013 Big Second Half Leads Salve Past Bears
November 23, 2013 Men’s Basketball Rallies Past Roger Williams
November 20, 2013 Mitchell Rallies Past Men’s Basketball
November 16, 2013 Bears Squander 18-Point Lead; Lose 57-56
November 15, 2013 Bears Fall Short in Season Opener