SALEM, Va. – John Fitchett led three players in double figures with a team-high 21 points as host Roanoke held off a second half rally to beat Coast Guard 81-78 in the first round of the Cregger Tournament.
Freshman Max Lampe had a career-high 21 points to lead Coast Guard as he knocked down six 3-pointers as the Bears made a season-high 14 from 3-point range shooting 45.2 percent from behind the arc (14-31) and 44.6 percent from the floor (29 of 65). The Bears were 9 for 16 from 3-point range in the second half as they overcame a 13-point second half deficit.
Freshman Justin Kane (11) and sophomore Luke Daniels (10) were also in double figures for the Bears. Daniels and freshman Noah Baldez each grabbed a team and career-high seven rebounds for Coast Guard. Freshman Patrick Witkowski led the Bears with a career best five assists.
Coast Guard will take on Frostburg State in the consolation game on Saturday at 11:00 before returning home on Sunday.
C.J. Miles added 20 points while John Caldwell had a double-double with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the win for Roanoke.
The Bears trailed by as many as 13 in the second half and came back to take the lead before the comeback fell short.
In the second half, Roanoke took its largest lead of the game 45-32 with 15:43 left before the Bears ran off seven straight to start a 16-3 run as Coast Guard pulled even 48-48 on bucket by Kane with 10:15 left.
Senior Adrian Chuquillangui's 3-pointer with 6:42 left gave Coast Guard its first lead of the second half 59-57.
The Maroons would use an 8-2 run turning a 64-64 tie into a 72-66 lead with 3:08 left.
Lampe's four point play with 24 seconds left pulled the Bears to within 77-75 before the Maroons knocked down four consecutive free throws for a 81-75 lead with 13 seconds left.
Chuquillangui hit a 3-pointer making the score 81-78 before a pair of missed free throws gave the Bears a chance to tie at the buzzer, but Daniels trey was no good as time expired.
Roanoke scored the first seven points on the game before the Bears responded with nine straight taking a 9-7 lead following back-to-back 3-pointers by Lampe with 15:53 left in the first half.
The Maroons would again score seven straight taking a 22-14 lead with 10:09 left in the half. Roanoke led 34-25 at halftime.
The Bears would go the foul line just nine times (6-9) while Roanoke was 16 of 22 from the charity stripe in the win.
The Maroons shot 43.5 percent from the field (27 of 62) while making 11 of 32 from 3-point range.
Roanoke improves to 4-5 on the season while the Bears dropped their fourth straight to dip to 3-6 on the year.