Bears Beat Roger Williams in Season Opener

Micah Baldez
Micah Baldez

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Sophomore Micah Baldez had a career-high 18 points while junior Adrian Chuquillangui added a career-best 17 points leading Coast Guard to a season-opening 86-76 win over Roger Williams.

Sophomore Ethan Boose tied a career-high with 11 points while senior Kevin Alvarez added 11 points in the win for the Bears. Senior Mark Krebs grabbed a career-high nine rebounds in the win.

Coast Guard outscored the Hawks 43-38 in each half.

"It was a great team win and we got solid contributions from everyone that played today," said Coast Guard head coach Kevin Jaskiewicz.

Josh Syska went 1-for-2 at the line on the Hawks' third possession of the game for the first point of the season. Baldez responded with a three-pointer for the Bears to give them the lead. From that point on, Coast Guard never trailed in the remainder of the half. Roger Williams tied the game three separate times in the period but were never able to go back on top.

Baldez converted a three-point play with 1:03 to play in the period to give the Bears its largest lead of the game, a nine-point advantage (43-34). However, the Hawks were able to get back-to-back layups from Nick Marini in the final minute to bring the deficit within five (38-43) to end the half.

In the second period, RWU managed to tie the game again at 44 on a Marini jumper, but still could not regain the lead. Coast Guard used a 9-2 run capped off by a layup from Mark Krebs to go up by seven with 14:52 left. The Hawks managed to bring it back within one (54-55) on an inside bucket by Conor O'Brien with 13:04 left. However, the Hawk offense stalled from that point, scoring only two points over the next eight minutes, allowing Coast Guard to build the lead to a game-high 15.

From there, Coast Guard held on to it double-digit lead until the final minute, when the Hawks began to send the Bears to the line to try to chip away at the deficit. Coast Guard would hit nine of its final 12 free throws to hold on for the win.

Marini and Austin Coene each led Roger Williams with 16 points, with Syska adding 15 points and five rebounds. Andrew Wasik scored 11 points.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday night when they host Salve Regina at 7 p.m.

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