NEW LONDON, Conn.-Senior Will Tashman put up 16 points and eight rebounds in the first half sparking MIT to a 44-21 halftime lead en route to a 92-66 victory over host Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference game. The victory moved MIT to 14-4 (5-2 NEWMAC) while Coast Guard fell to 1-16 (0-7 NEWMAC) for the year.
The tone was set early as senior Jimmy Knudsen was saddled with three fouls and limited to just seven minutes in the first half. Fouls played a significant role in the first period, as they allowed MIT to take 12 shots from the stripe (making 10) while Coast Guard managed to get to the line for just two attempts. For the game MIT shot 27-for-35 (77.1 percent) while Coast Guard shot 13-for-14 (92.9 percent).
For Coast Guard, sophomore Zach Wells set a career-high with 14 points to go along with a team-leading and career-high seven rebounds, as he led three Bears players in double figures. Joining Wells with double digits were seniors Knudsen and Greg Marshall, with 12 and 10 respectively. Junior Devonte Weems aided in the effort with four points and a career-high eight assists. Knudsen also had six rebounds and his team-leading 29th steal before fouling out after just 12 minutes of playing time.
While Tashman shone in the first half, sophomore Matt Redfield also had a highly productive opening 20 minutes, posting six points and pulling down 12 rebounds. For the game, the frontcourt duo of Tashman (23 points, 14 rebounds) and Redfield (15 points, 14 rebounds) combined for 38 points and 28 rebounds. Joining them in double figures was senior James Burke (19) while senior Mitchell Kates handed out nine assists.
For the Bears, 11 different players found their way into both the scoring and rebounding columns. Freshman Joe Whitman came off the bench to notch a team-high of three steals. Marshall and Wells each had a block in the effort for Coast Guard.
Also of note, Coast Guard was whistled for 29 fouls, including 17 in the second half, while MIT was charged with committing just 14.
The coaching staffs from both teams wore sneakers to support The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneaker awareness weekend. NABC Coaches across America will be wearing sneakers this year to show his support for Coaches vs. Cancer – a joint effort of the American Cancer Society and the NABC that empowers basketball coaches to help make a difference in the fight against cancer.
During Suits and Sneakers weekend, the goal is to enhance fans' engagement and enjoyment of the game while supporting the fight against cancer. Through the years, coaches and sports information directors across America have been so generous in support of the Suits and Sneakers weekend.
Coast Guard returns to action on Wednesday, January 30 when they host Springfield College at Merriman Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 5:30.
Post Game Comments from Head Coach Kevin Jaskiewicz