NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard used a 22-0 first half run to overcome a slow start as the host Bears beat Southern Maine 91-40 in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Sophomore Justin Kane led four Coast Guard players in double figures with 20 points while freshman J.T. Cox added 12, sophomore Noah Baldez and senior Micah Baldez each added 10 points in the win.
Micah Baldez, freshman Paul Costain and junior Luke Daniels had seven rebounds each to lead the Bears.
It was the first time since the 2007-08 season that the Bears won a game by more than 50 points. Coast Guard beat Mitchell 113-61 during that season when the Bears went to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament.
Coast Guard (1-1) got off to sluggish start and trailed 9-1 with 15:42 to go in the first half as the Bears missed their first eight field goal attempts.
Southern Maine (1-1) led 11-5 with 13:42 left in the half when the Bears would score 22 straight taking a 27-11 lead with 6:51 left in half. Coast Guard led 48-21 at halftime shooting 50 percent in the opening half (16-32).
The Bears hot shooting would continue in the second half as they shot 56 percent from the field (14-25) and hit 7 of 11 from 3-point range (63.6 percent) in the second half and 12-23 from behind the arc in the game.
Coast Guard would shoot 52.6 percent (30-57) in the win while the Huskies were 15 of 54 from the floor (27.8 percent) while making just 7 of 32 from behind the arc.
Junior Kevin Weisser led the Huskies with eight points.
Southern Maine will play at Conn. College at 2:00 tomorrow while the Bears take on Lyndon State at Conn. College at 4:00 to close out the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Conn. College beat Lyndon State 87-80 in the first game of the night on Saturday.