BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Ethan Boose had a career-high 28 points to go with nine rebounds and Coast Guard erased a 12-point first half deficit to win its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) road game since 2011 with a thrilling 98-94 overtime win over Emerson. The Bears snapped a 28-game conference road losing streak with the win.
The Bears last road win in conference play was a 68-65 win over Wheaton on Feb. 19, 2011.
Coast Guard snaps a four-game slide and improves to 7-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play while Emerson drops to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.
Boose was 10 of 16 from the floor and a perfect 8 for 8 from the foul line in his career-best game.
Senior Kevin Alvarez added 19 points while sophomore Darius Adams (13), junior Adrian Chuquillangui (11), junior Devon Zych (11) and sophomore Micah Baldez (10) all scored in double figures in the win for Coast Guard. Baldez had a career-high 15 rebounds for the Bears.
"What a great team win for us this afternoon," said Coast Guard head coach Kevin Jaskiewicz. "We had several great individual performances against a good, tough and well coached team. I'm really proud of our guys and we are going to use this as momentum going forward in confererence play."
It appeared the Bears would fall short before Zych hit a shot at the buzzer to send the game to overtime tied at 88 after the Bears squandered an 11-point second half lead.
In the extra session, Boose made a pair of free throws to tie the game before Baldez hit a free throw to give the Bears the lead for good 93-92 with 1:53 left.
Alvarez made a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left giving the Bears a 97-94 lead and Emerson missed 3-pointer to tie the game before Adams made one of two free throws to ice the win.
Boose scored the first six points of the second half as Coast Guard took its first lead since the opening minutes turning a 45-45 halftime tie into a 51-45 lead with 18:06 left in the second half.
Coast Guard started the second half on a 14-3 run taking a 59-48 on a layup by Adams with 16:14 left in the regulation.
Coast Guard led 69-60 with 11:31 left before Emerson scored five straight to get close at 69-65 with 8:46 to go in the half.
Alvarez would hit back-to-back trifectas pushing the lead to 75-65 with 8:14 left in regulation.
Boose made a pair of free throws with 2:44 left and the Bears led 84-78, but Emerson scored seven straight taking the lead 85-84 on a basket by Hallowell with 52 seconds left in regulation.
Boose gave the Bears an 86-85 lead on a layup with 22 seconds left before John Geary hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left for an 88-86 lead before Zych's basket at the buzzer sent the game to overtime.
Coast Guard shot 48.6 percent (36 of 74) from the floor and hit eight of 22 from behind the arc. Emerson was 37 of 64 shooting 57.8 percent while making 9 of 21 from behind the arc.
The Bears held a huge 42-26 advantage on the glass including 15 offensive rebounds in the win.
Emerson led by as many as six on three different occasions in the first ten minutes of play. Coast Guard closed the gap to 25-23 on a basket by senior Ricky Rodriguez with 9:25 left in the first half.
Michael Sheng would knock down back-to-back 3-pointers to begin an 8-0 run as Emerson took its first double digit lead of the game 33-23 with 7:32 left in the half.
Emerson took its largest least of the game 39-27 on consecutive hoops by Tyson Hallowell with 5:34 left.
The Bears would respond with a 16-4 run tying the game 43-43 on a layup by senior Kevin Alvarez with 52 seconds left in the first half. Sophomore Darius Adams had six points in the run for the Bears. The game was tied 45-45 at the half.
Both teams shot it well in the first half as Emerson was 18 of 30 (60 percent) from the floor and 5 of 9 from behind the arc while the Bears were 20 of 39 (51.3 percent) in the opening half while hitting 4 of 12 from 3-point range.
Hallowell led Emerson with 20 points in the loss.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday as the Bears play their third straight conference game to open the NEWMAC portion of the schedule at MIT with tip set for 7 p.m.