Wheaton Holds Off Coast Guard For First NEWMAC Win

Wheaton Holds Off Coast Guard For First NEWMAC Win

NORTON, Mass.—Freshman Billy Battaglia led all scorers with 19 points off the bench including five 3-pointers as Wheaton used outstanding 3-point shooting and a late 9-0 run to beat Coast Guard 77-66 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Battaglia came off the bench and was 5 for 5 from 3-point range finishing with 15 first half points.

The Lyons won their first conference game of the season improving to 8-9 overall and 1-5 in the NEWMAC while Coast Guard dropped to 1-15 overall and 0-6 in conference play.

Wheaton led 60-55 with 5:13 left before a put back by freshman Mark Krebs and a steal and bucket by junior Kevin Sowers cut the deficit to 60-59 with 4:34 left.

The Lyons however scored nine straight to push the lead to 69-59 with 2:26 left to put the game away.

Wheaton was red hot from 3-point range, shooting 54.5 percent, making a season-high 12 treys in the win. The Lyons shot 54 percent (27-50) from the floor in the game.

Coast Guard got off to a great start jumping out to a 15-4 lead in the first four minutes of play as the Bears made six of their first seven field goals. Weems led the way with six of the 15 points.

Wheaton however responded with 12 straight as the Bears missed six straight field goals giving the Lyons a 16-15 lead with 10:49 left in the first half.

The game was tied 21-21 following a put back by Krebs with 6:40 left before the Lyons hit back-to-back 3-pointers for a 27-21 edge with 5:29 left in the opening stanza.

The Lyons shot 53.8 percent in the first half (14-26) including 7 of 11 from 3-point range and led 36-33 at the break.

Coast Guard had its only lead of the second half 47-46 on a bucket by junior Devonte Weems with 12:42 left in the second half.

Sowers led Coast Guard with a season-high 14 points to go with three assists. Senior Jimmy Knudsen tied his season-high with 13 points and eight rebounds while sophomore Will Doyle grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in the loss.

The Bears shot 39.7 percent from the floor (27-68) and knocked down 5 of 15 from behind the arc. Coast Guard turned the ball over just seven times.

Wheaton finished with a slight 37-32 edge on the boards after outrebounding the Bears 21-9 in the opening half.

"We gave good effort and we competed really hard, the game was there for us to take," said Coast Guard head coach Kevin Jaskiewicz. "Jimmy (Knudsen) and Kevin (Sowers) did a good job on offense while Eli (Sponseller) and Ed (Gailor) had good defensive performances."

Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when the Bears host MIT at 1 p.m.

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