NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Junior Ryan Fogarty had a game-high 23 points leading Wheaton to a 83-71 win over Coast Guard in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener.
The Lyons improve to 6-6 overall and 1-0 in the NEWMAC while the Bears drop to 4-7 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Senior Quinton Dale added 13 points while sophomore David Carbonello had a team-high seven rebounds for Wheaton as the Lyons shot 52.8 percent from the floor in the win (28-53) while making 8 of 19 from 3-point range.
The Lyons led 38-24 at halftime and didn't let the Bears closer than nine for most of the second half until Coast Guard scored eight straight capped on a trifecta by Lampe cutting the deficit to 62-58 with 5:25 left.
Freshman Max Lampe led the Bears with 18 points. Freshman Patrick Witkowski had the first double-double of his collegiate career as he finished with 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. He was 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Freshman Noah Baldez (12) also scored in double figures for Coast Guard.
The Bears shot 37.3 percent (25-67) including 10 of 24 from behind the arc.
Wheaton built a 14-7 lead with in the first six minutes of the game before the Bears ran off six straight cutting the deficit to 14-13 with 12 minutes left in the opening half.
Coast Guard pulled even for the first time 20-20 on an old fashion 3-point play by Lampe with 8:52 left in the half before the Lyons ran off eight straight to start a 15-2 spurt as the Lyons took a 35-22 lead with 1:51 left in the half.
Wheaton outscored the Bears 18-4 to end the half as Coast Guard made just two of its final 15 field goal attempts in the half. The Lyons shot 51.9 percent from the field in the first half (14-27) including 4 of 10 from behind the arc.
Coast Guard was 9 of 30 in the first half (30 percent) making 2 of 10 from 3-point range.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host Emerson in a NEWMAC game at 1:00.