NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Micah Baldez had a team high 19 points leading the Bears to a 84-76 victory over the Lions in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
Coast Guard improves to 10-11 overall and 4-7 in conference play while Emerson falls to 9-13 on the season and 4-7 in the NEWMAC. With the win the Bears sweep the season series and hold the tiebreaker over the Lions as both teams have matching records for the fifth and final playoff spot.
Bladez added six rebounds and four assists to go with his 19 points while senior Kevin Alvarez scored all of his 16 points in the second half. Sophomore Darius Adams had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his third double double of the season while junior Adrian Chuquillangui had 14 of his own. Senior Mark Krebs had a career high 15 rebounds.
Senior Tyson Hallowell scored a game high 25 points shooting 10-13 from the floor. Senior Michael Thorpe had 21 points, six assists and three steals. Senior Austin Pinckney had eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
Coast Guard took a six point lead midway through the first half at 18-12 as Krebs scored his only basket of the game on a layup with 9:33 to go in the period.
The Bears pushed it to 12 after sophomore Ethan Boose drained a three pointer from the top of the key making the score 32-20 at the 4:41 mark.
The Lions cut it to five at the end of the half as Thorpe took a pass from sophomore Michael Sheng and knocked down the three for a 38-33 score heading into the locker room.
It was all Emerson to start the second half, as they came out on an 11-0 run. Thorpe led the charge over the stretch with nine points capped off by a three pointer at 16:12, putting the Lions up 46-40.
Emerson held onto the lead until the 8:59 mark when Alvarez snapped a 57-57 tie with a three pointer putting Coast Guard ahead at 60-57.
Hallowell and Sheng pulled the Lions ahead one last time as they each made two three pointers with just over five minutes to go in the half making the score 69-65.
The Bears finished the game strong going on a 19-7 run to close out the 84-76 win. The four conference wins are the most since Coast Guard went 5-7 in the NEWMAC during the 2010-11 season.
Coast Guard was 30-76 (39.5%) from the floor and shot 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc. The Bear's bench was the difference as they outscored Emerson's reserves 26-14.
The Lions shot 45.6% (31-68) overall and made 8-25 (32%) from three. Emerson held an advantage in the paint (42-36) and in points off turnovers (16-8) but could not convert second chance points as Coast Guard topped them 19-4.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday, when they travel to WPI for a key NEWMAC game. Opening tip is at 2:00.
POST GAME INTERVIEW WITH HEAD COACH KEVIN JASKIEWICZ