Bears Fall in Season Opener in Alaska

Noah Baldez
Noah Baldez

ANCHORAGE, Alaska-- Senior Noah Baldez led Coast Guard men's basketball with 14 points and six assists as the Bears fell to University of Alaska Anchorage, 88-78 on Friday night in the Armed Forces Classic on ESPNU. Anchorage improves to 2-0 on the season as the Bears start their campaign 0-1.

Alaska Anchorage would shoot a sizzling 58.1 percent from 3-point range making 18 of 31 from beyond the arc led by Niko Bevens, who set a school record knocking down 8 of 9 from downtown.

Six players for Coast Guard scored in double figures. Seniors Justin Kane and Packy Witkowski put up 10 points each and Kane added nine rebounds. Sophomores Tyler Perez and Garrett Drummond posted 13 points, a career-high for Drummond. Freshman Madison Maloney scored in double figures in his collegiate debut with 10 points.

Four players for Anchorage scored in double figures. Senior Niko Bevens led the Seawolves with a game-high 24 points, Sophomore Tobin Karlberg added 15 points, junior DeAndre Osuigwe posted 13 points, and senior Tyrus Hsoley added twelve points.  

After a seven point lead by the Seahawks, 25-18 at 11:16, Witkowski knocked down three pointer that sparked a nine-point run by the Bears, capped off by a pair of free throws by junior J.T. Cox to give the Coast Guard their first lead of the night, 27-25 at 8:16.

The Seawolves answered with a 14-2 run, including nine points from behind the arc to take a 41-29 advantage with 3:36 remaining in the first half. Baldez knocked down a pair of free throws to cut the Bears deficit to 10 with 3:18 remaining.

Sophomore Tobin Karlberg put away a three pointer with 1:52 remaining to give the Seahawks a 49-36 advantage. Maloney knocked down a layup at 1:39 to cut the Bears deficit, 49-38 at the half.

Perez, Kane, and Baldez combined for the first seven points of the half to trim the Bears deficit, 49-45.

Seniors Tyler Brimhall and Niko Bevens combined for seven points to take a 68-55 advantage with 10:36 remaining.

The Bears answered with a 10-1 run to bring themselves within six at 69-63 with 7:39 remaining in the second half.

With 4:19 left in the half, Osuigwe knocked down a three, to send the Seawolves on a 10-5 run to finish with the 88-78 final. 

The Bears shot 44.1% from the field and had a 40-37 adnvantage in rebounds.

The Bears are back in action at home on Wednesday, November 13 when they host Salve Regina at 7 PM.