KINGS POINTS, N.Y. – Merchant Marine scored five free throws in the final minute as the Mariners slipped past Coast Guard 50-47.
With the loss the Bears fall to 3-4 on the season while Merchant Marine earns their second win of the year improving to 2-7. With the win the Mariners tie the Superintendent's Cup standings up at 3.5.
Matt Miller scored a game high 20 points with two steals, a block and four rebounds for Merchant Marine. Connor Green chipped in nine points with five rebounds while Christian Wittendorf had a team high seven rebounds and five points.
Both teams started the game slow as freshman Aaron Anthony's jumper made the score 9-5 in favor of the Bears with 11:11 to go in the first half.
Merchant Marine took a four point lead with under five to go in the period when Robbie Kennedy dropped in a layup to make the score 20-16.
The first half ended tied at 24 with both teams struggling to score in the period as Coast Guard was 7-27 (25.9%) and the Mariners were 9-26 (34.6%).
Merchant Marine took a five point lead midway through the second half as Wittendorf received a pass from Kennedy and knocked down a jumped making the score 32-27.
The Bears continued to hang around and took their first lead of the half with when Baldez found freshman Justin Kane with a pass who banged in a jumper putting Coast Guard ahead 42-41 with 3:23 to go in the game.
After falling behind again in the closing minutes Lampe drained a three pointer followed by a Kane layup making the score 47-45 with 58 seconds on the clock.
However, Kennedy and Miller combined for five points from the foul line in the final minute and Merchant Marine held on to the 50-47 victory.
Coast Guard shot 24.6% (16-65) from the floor and were 5-37 (13.5%) from beyond the arc. The Mariners were 18-50 (36.0%) overall and shot 20% (4-20) from three.
Neither team dominated any specific statistical category as the Bears held a slim advantage in bench point (16-8) while the Mariners were slightly better in the paint (18-14).
Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday, December 17, when they host Maine-Presque Isle in non-conference action. Tip-off is 2:00.