Springfield Sneaks Past Coast Guard Late

Micah Baldez
Micah Baldez

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Bears held a one point lead at the half but could not hang on as the Pride took a 80-74 victory Wednesday night in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.

With the loss Coast Guard falls to 5-10 overall and 1-4 in NEWMAC play. Springfield moves back to .500 at 8-8 and picks up their second conference win of the season (2-3).

Junior Micah Baldez led four Bears players in double figures as he scored 18 points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal. Freshman Max Lampe added 17 points with six rebounds. Freshman Patrick Witkowski scoring 13 points and grabbing eight boards while classmate Justin Kane came off the bench to pour in 10 points.

Freshman Jake Ross had a game high 21 points on 8-18 shooting. Ross added six rebounds, six assists, a steal and a block. Junior Andy McNulty had 18 point while freshman Heath Post scored 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior Brandon Eckles came off the bench to score eight and grab a team high seven rebounds.

It was tight all the way through the first half with neither team leading by more than five. 

The Bears tied the game after a jumper by Witkowski made the score 23 all with 11:14 to go in the first half. 

Coast Guard pushed the lead to four after two free throws from senior Devon Zych made the score 27-23 but back to back jumpers by Ross tied the game once again at the 5:25 mark.

Micah Baldez knocked down two from the stripe with 25 seconds left and it looked as if the Bears were headed to the locker room with a four point lead at 39-35 but Springfield's sophomore Stanley Davis took a pass from Ross and drilled a three pointer with six seconds left, making the half time score 39-38.

Coast Guard pushed their lead back to five at the beginning of the second half at 47-42 with Witkowski scoring four and Micah Baldez and Lampe each scoring two.  

The Pride quickly took the lead back as McNulty made two three pointers and Post dropped another for a 51-47 lead with 15:03 on the clock.

The two teams continued to trade leads all the way to the 5:03 mark when Springfield tied the game once again after two free throws from Post. 

The Bears held their final lead at 71-70 after at a made layup by Witkowski with 3:45 on the clock before the Pride closed the game out on a 10-3 run for their second conference win of the season. 

Coast Guard was 25-66 (37.9%) from the floor and shot 27.3% (6-22) from beyond the arc. The Bears held an advantage in rebounds (42-35) and bench points (20-17) while Coast Guard shot a season high 90% (18-20) from the charity stripe. 

Springfield shot 45.6% (26-57) overall and made 9-22 (40.9%) from three. The Pride held a slim advantage in points in the paint (30-28) and fast break points (11-2).

Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when they host the number one team in the country, Babson. Opening tip is 1:00 pm.

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