NEWPORT, R.I. - Junior Rodney Morton scored a layup at the buzzer as Coast Guard dropped their second game of the season falling to Salve Regina 84-82 in nonconference action Tuesday night.
With the loss the Bears fall to 2-2 on the season while the Seahawks earn their first win of the season (1-3).
Junior Micah Baldez scored a career high 27 points on 9-13 shooting to go along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Freshman Pat Witkowski also notched a career with 23 points shooting 67% from the floor and also making 6-9 from three.
The Seahawks were led by junior Rodney Morton who scored a team high 27 points. Senior Nicholas Bates was one rebound shy of a double double with 19 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore Isaiah Bowman came off the bench to pour 21 points with five three pointers.
Coast Guard jumped out to an early six point lead as Witkowski took a pass from Micah Baldez and drained a three pointer. Sophomore Nolan Benson followed up Witkowski's three, making one of two from the line for a 16-10 score with 14:28 to go in the first half.
Salve Regina pulled even at the 7:46 mark when Morton's jumper tied the score at 24.
The Seahawks continued to press after tying the game going on a 10-3 run to take a nine point lead capped off by a three pointer from sophomore Isaiah Bowman for a 36-27 lead with just over five minutes to go in the first stanza.
Coast Guard finished the half scoring 13 of the final 22 points including seven straight points to end the period, turning a 15 point Salve Regina lead into just a five point halftime deficit. Micah Baldez scored five points in the final minute of the half including a layup at the buzzer, making the score 45-40.
The Seahawks started the second half strong scoring the first eight points of the period. Morton scored two consecutive three pointers over this stretch making the score 53-40 just over two minutes into the half.
The Bears continued to hang around going on a 13-5 run led by seven point from Witkowski for a 58-53 with 13:12 left in the game.
Witkowski was not done as he drilled a three pointer just over four minutes later cutting Salve Regina's lead to one. He then tied the game at 70 after making the second of two free throws with 6:51 left in the game.
Coast Guard finally took back the lead with 4:34 to go in the second half when Benson found Micah Baldez who laid it in making the score 74-73.
Coast Guard tied the game at two with eight seconds on the clock as once again Micah Baldez received a pass from Benson for a layup knotting things at 82.
Salve Regina immediately called a timeout and after the stoppage made their final shot of the game count as Rodney scored a lay up at the buzzer giving the Seahawks a 84-82 win.
The Bears were 29-54 (53.7%) from the floor and shot 45.5% (10-22) from beyond the arc.
Salve Regina shot 46.7% (28-X60) and made 11-26 (42.3%) from three. The Seahawks bench was the different in tonight's game holding a 31-7 advantage.
Coast Guard is back in action after the holiday break as they travel to cross town rival Mitchell for a nonconference match up. Opening tip is 6:00 pm.