ARLINGTON, Va.—Junior Reed Scott had a double-double finishing with game highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds as host Marymount (Va.) beat Coast Guard 72-55 in the Bears final game of the semester.
Coast Guard jumped out to an early 8-4 lead and led 10-9 with 14:44 left in the opening half before Marymount went on a 16-2 spurt opening up its largest lead of the half, 25-12 lead with 6:19 remaining in the half.
The Bears used a late first half run to climb back into the game as Coast Guard outscored the Saints 10-2 to make the score 28-24 with 52 seconds left in the half. Marymount, which shot 33.3 percent from the floor in the opening half (9-27), led 30-24 at the break.
The Bears shot it well in the opening half making 10 of 19 from the field (52.6 percent), but they turned the ball over 11 times while the Saints had just four turnovers in the first half. Coast Guard did a much better job of taking care of the ball in the second half as they finished the game with 16 turnovers.
Marshall led the Bears with 11 first half points.
Senior Ed Gailor scored the Bears first five points on the second half as Coast Guard pulled to within 32-29 with 18:55 left before the Saints responded with nine straight pushing the lead back to 12 at 41-29 with 15:53 left in the game.
The Bears scored six of the next seven points capped by a hoop by sophomore David Anderson making the score 42-35 with 11:20 left, but Coast Guard would not score its next field goal until a 3-pointer by sophomore Eli Sponseller with 4:22 left.
Marymount outscored the Bears 12-1 in the almost eight minute span without a Coast Guard field goal to take a 54-36 lead with 4:48 left.
Coast Guard (1-7) shot 44.7 percent from the field (21-47) while making 5 of 14 from 3-point range while Marymount (3-5) was 21 for 49 from the floor (42.9 percent) and made 4 of 13 from behind the arc.
Senior Jimmy Knudsen and Marshall each led the Bears with 11 points while Sponseller finished with ten points. Gailor finished with a career-high five assists to lead Coast Guard
The Bears, who travelled seven hours South for the game, had outstanding fan support as alumni and fans from the Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area, where Coast Guard Headquarters are located, came out in full force as a cheering section of about 150 Coast Guard fans filled the bleachers behind the Coast Guard bench.
Coast Guard is back in action on January 2nd at Salve Regina at 6 p.m.
Head Coach Kevin Jaskiewicz's Post Game Comments