Bears Drop Squeaker at Conn.
NEW LONDON, CONN.--(1/16/12)--Sophomore Jethro Anilus' bucket with 17 seconds left gave host Connecticut College a 52-50 win over rival Coast Guard in the non-conference game between the two New London schools.
Coast Guard held Conn. College to just one basket over the final 12 minutes of the first half turning a 15-10 deficit into a 25-20 halftime lead.
The Bears led for most of the second half and led by 44-38 with seven minutes left following a 3-pointer by freshman Ricky Rodriguez, the Bears only trey of the night as they were one for ten from behind the arc.
Coast Guard led 45-40 with 5:20 left before the Camels ran off seven straight capped on a steal and dunk by sophomore Matt Vadas as Conn. took its first lead of the half 47-45 with 3:28 remaining.
Freshman David Anderson made one of two free throws for the Bears before junior Jimmy Knudsen's basket gave Coast Guard a 48-47 lead with 2:18 left.
Sophomore John Bullitt made two free throws with 1:48 left as Conn. regained the lead before junior Greg Marshall made a pair of his own to give the Bears a 50-49 advantage with 1:14 left.
Sophomore Mason Lopez made one of two from the line to tie the game 50-50 with 57 seconds left.
Coast Guard shot itself in the foot throughout the second half at the foul line making just eight of 18 and sophomore Devonte Weems missed a pair with 33 seconds left and the game remained tied before Anilus' game-winning bucket.
The Bears had a chance to tie of win the game, but Weems' shot in the final seconds was no good.
Both teams struggled shooting the ball as the Bears finished 19 of 49 (38.8 percent) from the floor while the Camels were 17 of 51 (33.3 percent) while hitting seven of 25 from behind the arc.
Sophomore Matt Vadas and Lopez led the Camels with ten points each while Lopez and Bullitt each had a team-high six rebounds.
Anderson led the Bears with 12 points off the bench while Marshall finished with 11 in the loss. Knudsen led Coast Guard with six rebounds.
Conn. had a 36-31 rebounding edge while turning the ball over 11 times.
Coast Guard, which dropped its fifth straight to dip to 6-8 on the season, turned the ball over a season-low seven times.