Strong Second Half Sends the Pride Over Bears

Justin Kane
Justin Kane

New London, Conn.-- Coast Guard men's basketball fell to Springfield, 96-90 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game at home on Saturday afternoon. The Bears are now 10-6 on the season and 1-5 in the NEWMAC, while the Pride improve to 6-11 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

Jake Ross had a double-double to lead Springfield with a game-high 26 points and 11 rebounds. Heath Post also added a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Junior Noah Baldez led the Bears with 24 points, going 9-16 from the field, 4-4 from three point range, and 2-2 from the free throw line. Packy Witkowski had 21 points with eight rebounds. Justin Kane added 16 points with eight rebounds.

The Bears opened the game with a 13-4 run throughout the first five minutes of play. Collin Lindsay made a three pointer for Springfield at 12:05 to cut the deficit 17-13 for the Pride. Baldez and Tyler Perez countered by sinking back-to-back three pointers to extend Coast Guard's lead, 23-13. Witkowski sunk a three with one second remaining in the half for the Bears to take a 47-36 lead heading into halftime.

Kane opened the second half with a three pointer of his own, to give the Bears a 14 point lead. At 14:14 Kevin Durkin sparked a 12-4 run for the Pride, capped off by a Lindsay three pointer to bring Springfield with four, 65-61.

Ross scored from three point range, followed by Jake Jacobson to tie the game 72-72 at 8:12. Post added a three to take their first lead of the game, 75-72. Springfield extended their lead in the final eight minutes to secure the 96-90 final.

Springfield shot 35-68 (51.5%) from the field, while Coast Guard shot 34-74 (45.9%) from the field. The Bears were 16-32 (50%) from three point range, as the Pride were 15-35 (42.9%) from behind the arc.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 PM at home against Wheaton.

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