NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Packy Witkowski had a career-high tying 31 points leading Coast Guard to a 91-74 win over Emerson in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game, the final game of the season for both teams.
Witkowski had 20 points in the first half as he connected on 4 of 6 from beyond the arc and finished 11 of 16 from the floor and 5-7 from 3-point range.
Sophomore Justin Kane added 16 points, junior Luke Daniels added 12 while junior Bryce Schroeder added 11 points all in the second half for the Bears, who finished the season 11-12 overall and 3-11 in the NEWMAC. The 11 wins is the most wins for Coast Guard since the 2010-11 season when they also won 11.
Junior Geoffrey Gray led Emerson with 25 points and a game-high 13 rebounds while senior Corey Fitz had a season-high 18 points and sophomore Jack O'Connor was also in double figures with 10 for Emerson which finished the season 10-15 overall and 4-10 in conference play.
Emerson used a 15-2 run to take its largest lead of the game 26-15 following a trey by Gray with 11:56 left in the first half.
Coast Guard would later use a 17-3 spurt to take a 35-31 lead with 6:07 left. Witkowski would make three straight 3-pointers in a span of 47 seconds in the run turning a 31-24 deficit into a 33-31 lead with 7:24 left. The Bears led 35-29 at halftime.
Coast Guard would score eight straight to take a 58-45 lead with 16:10 left in the game.
The Lions cut the deficit to 72-67 on a pair of free throws by O'Connor with 7:13 left, but the Bears would put the game away with a 14-2 run making the score 86-69 with 1:32 left.
Coast Guard shot 47.8 percent (32-67) from the floor in the win while connecting 8 for 20 from 3-point range. The Lions were 24 of 64 from the field (47.8 percent) and made 10 of 30 from behind the arc.
The Bears honored their lone senior Micah Baldez in a pregame ceremony. Baldez, who missed the last 10 games with an injury, dressed for the game secured the opening tip, the Bears called time out and he was subbed for by his brother sophomore Noah Baldez to close our his playing career.
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