NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Jon Goldberg had 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half and he also had a team-high 14 rebounds leading Emerson to a 75-64 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
The Lions improve to 13-9 overall and 6-5 in the conference while Coast Guard drops its third straight to dip to 5-17 overall and 2-9 in the NEWMAC. With the loss, the Bears saw their chances of qualifying for the conference tournament come to an end.
Junior David Anderson led the Bears with 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the loss. He was 7 for 11 from the floor and 6 of 6 from the foul line. Freshman Adrian Chuquillangui added 11 points off the bench for the Bears while senior John Benedict finished with ten points.
Coast Guard led 29-26 at halftime and scored the first hoop of the second half for a 31-26 lead before Emerson used a 7-2 run to tie the game 33-33 with 17:45 left.
The game was tied 38-38 before the Lions ran off six straight for a 44-38 lead with 11:52 left and they would never look back.
The Bears trailed 46-42 with 10:41 left before Emerson put the game away with an 11-2 spurt to increase its lead to 57-44 with 7:37 left.
Junior Eli Kell-Abrams made 7 of 8 free throws in the final 53 seconds to ice the game for Emerson.
The Lions shot 41.7 percent from the floor in the win (20-48) while making six of 15 from 3-point range. Coast Guard was 22-53 from the floor (41.5 percent) while hitting 6 of 24 from behind the arc.
Kell-Abrams added 18 points, including 11 of 13 from the foul line, while sophomore Michael Thorpe finished with 14 points and a game-high five steals
Emerson led by as many as seven in the first half, 18-11 with 9:21 left before the Bears used a 10-0 run to take their first lead since the opening minute as Coast Guard led 21-18 with 6:02 left in the half.
Coast Guard would maintain that three-point lead taking a 29-26 lead into the half. Anderson had a big first half with nine points and nine rebounds to lead the Bears, who shot 45 percent in the first half (9-20). Emerson was 8 of 22 from the field in the first half (36.4 percent).
"The seniors gave us good leadership and we fought real hard," said Coast Guard head coach Kevin Jaskiewicz. " David gave us a great effort with the double-double, but in the end, we just came up short."
Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when they play at WPI at 1 p.m.