NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Liam Bruno finished with a career high 30 points as Wheaton topped Coast Guard 91-73, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Wednesday night.
With the loss the Bears fall to 10-12 overall and 2-11 in conference play. The Lyons improve to 15-9 on the season and 7-6 in the NEWMAC.
Coast Guard was led by sophomore Noah Baldez who had a team high 15 points. Classmate Justin Kane had 14 points while junior Bryce Schroder scored 13. Sophomore Jason Frazer finished in double figures as well with 12 points.
Bruno was 10-19 from the floor and 5-10 from three for his career night. Junior David Carbonello scored 13 points while senior Ryan Fogarty had 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. Junior Duaka Ekwensi finished with a game high three blocks, 10 points and seven rebounds.
After Coast Guard closed within one with 16:35 to go in the first, Wheaton went on a 8-0 run taking a 18-9 lead with 14:41 left in opening half. Bruno had five points over this stretch while Dubrow scored the other three.
The Bears slowly chipped away at the Lyons lead closing within two as freshman Yonas Gordon found Kane who swished a three pointer from top of the key, making the score 19-17 with just under 9:30 to play.
Wheaton pushed their lead back to five before Kane knocked down another three pointer followed by a jump shot from sophomore Jason Frazer knotting the score at 22 with 8:29 left in the half.
With the score 26-26 with 6:15 left to play in the half, the Lyons went on a 18-2 run to take control of the game heading into the locker, 44-28. Bruno finished the half with 15 points and five rebounds for Wheaton.
Coast Guard cut Wheaton's lead to 12 to start the second half, before the Lyons stretched their lead to as many as 31 finishing off their seventh conference win of the season, 91-73.
The Bears shot 41.8% (28-67) from the floor and made 8-26 (30.8%) from three.
Wheaton was 31-62 (50.0%) overall and shot 40.7% (11-27) from beyond the arc. The Lyons took advantage of 14 Coast Guard turnovers turning them into 23 points.
Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday, February 17th when they host the Emerson Lions. The Bears will celebrate the team's lone senior, Micah Baldez. Opening tip is 1:00.