NEW LONDON, Conn.-Senior Greg Marshall scored 17 of his game-high 21 points (6-of-15, 5-of-8 from three) in the second half, but Coast Guard was not able to overcome the hot shooting of Clark University, falling 85-64 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game.
With the victory Clark improves to 9-5 on the season (3-0 in NEWMAC play) while the host Bears fall to 1-12 (0-4 in NEWMAC play).
Coast Guard raced out to an early 9-0 lead in the first half keyed by two early layups by sophomore David Anderson. Clark started out just 1-of-12 however, after Anderson picked up his second foul, just 3:36 into the game Clark was able to go on a 36-19 run to close the half, behind 11-of-19 shooting.
Clark was able to extend their second half lead to 61-43 midway through the second half but three consecutive three point baskets by Coast Guard cut the lead to just 61-52 with 7:10 to play. On the ensuing possession, Marshall was called for a personal foul and a bench technical was assessed to Coast Guard. The shooter, junior Jake Gubitose made three out of the four free throws to push the Clark lead back into double figures at 64-52. Clark was then able to score 21 of the next 33 points to account for the final margin.
As a team, Coast Guard shot a season-high 62.5 percent with a season-high 10 made from beyond the arc, which allowed them to stay within striking distance of a Clark team that executed magnificently. In addition to Marshall, freshman Ryan McNeil was 2-of-3 while, Knudsen, freshman Kevin Alvarez and senior Ed Gailor were each 1-of-1. Clark held a significant advantage from the free throw line, making 23-of-28 opportunities while Coast Guard struggled to get to the line but shot 10-of-11 when they did.
Coast Guard was able to hold Clark graduate student Brian Vayda - the NEWMAC's leading scorer at 19.2 points per game entering today's matchup - to 15 on just 4-of-9 shooting. However, three other Clark players were able to step up and hit in double figures paced by 17 from graduate student Travis Curley. Graduate student D.J. Bailey and freshman Tyler Veretto poured in 11 apiece.
For Coast Guard, senior Jimmy Knudsen tied a season-high with eight rebounds. For the game Clark outrebounded Coast Guard by a 32-15 margin, led by Bailey and senior Jonathan Phillips with two apiece. In addition to Knudsen's eight, junior Kevin Sowers came off the bench to pull down six boards. The Bears were able to lend assists on 15 of their 22 baskets, paced by junior Devonte Weems' five.
Coast Guard returns to action on Wednesday January 15 as they host Babson in a NEWMAC game, tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m.
Post Game Comments by Head Coach Kevin Jaskiewicz