NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Sean Graytok was one of five Coast Guard players in double figures as he finished with a team-high 16 points in an 85-75 win over Yeshiva in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip Off Tournament at the Coast Guard Academy.
Sophomore Nolan Benson and freshman Noah Baldez each had a career-high 14 points while junior Micah Baldez and freshman Max Lampe each added ten as Coast Guard evened its record at 1-1 on the season. Benson also finished with a game and career-high nine rebounds in the win.
Coast Guard led 37-26 at halftime, but saw the Maccabees score the first 11 points of the second half to pull even 37-37 with 15:25 left.
Yeshiva would use an 8-1 run to take its largest lead of the game 60-52 following a 3-pointer by sophomore Judah Cohen.
The Bears would pull even at 65-65 on a pair of free throws by sophomore Justin Kane with 6:09 left. Coast Guard would take the lead for good 69-68 on a pair of free throws by Micah Baldez with 5:21 left.
Back-to-back baskets by Kane and Noah Baldez pushed the Coast Guard lead to 73-68 with 4:05 left in the game.
Coast Guard led 80-75 with 55 seconds left and scored the final five points to ice the game.
Cohen had a game-high 22 points hitting 6 of 11 from 3-point range to lead Yeshiva while freshman Simcha Halpert added ten points a team-high nine rebounds and senior Jordan Hod added 10 points.
Coast Guard shot 42.3 percent from the field (22-52) in the win including 4 of 22 from 3-point range while Yeshiva was 25 of 64 from the floor (39.1 percent) making 10 of 33 from behind the arc.
The Bears dominated the boards outrebounding Yeshiva 51-28 including 16 offensive rebounds.
Coast Guard is back in action on Sunday when they take on MCLA at 4:00 at Conn. College in the second round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament.
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