NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Geoffrey Gray had a team-high 21 points and game-high 15 rebounds and he scored the final eight points of the game including 6 for 6 from the foul line in the final 1:16 as Emerson score the last 12 points of the game to beat Coast Guard 75-67 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Gray was 11 for 11 from the foul line and all of his rebounds were defensive in the win. Junior John Geary added 15 points in the win for the Lions.
Freshman Patrick Witkowski led the Bears with a career-high 25 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds. He was 8 of 15 from the floor and 7 for 13 from 3-point range. Junior Micah Baldez added 21 points on 7 of 13 shooting while senior Adrian Chuquillangui finished with 13 points for the Bears.
The Bears led 67-62 following a basket by Baldez with 3:36 left, but that would the final points for Coast Guard.
Gray hit a layup to start the 12-0 run and his layup with 1:26 left gave the Lions a 69-67 lead. Gray hit two free throws with 1:16 left, two more with 20 seconds left and the final two with 13 seconds left to ice the game.
Emerson wins its second straight NEWMAC game to improve to 6-16 overall and 2-9 in conference play while the Bears drop to 6-15 overall and 2-9 in the NEWMAC.
The Lions shot 39.7 percent (25-63) in the game while hitting 10 of 28 from 3-point range and Coast Guard was 23 of 64 (35.9 percent) including 14 of 34 from behind the arc.
Emerson led by as many as seven, 25-18 with 8:32 left in the first half, but Coast Guard would use an 8-3 run to end the half to tie the game 35-35.
The second half was back-and-forth as neither team led by more than five points including Coast Guard's final bucket by Baldez with 3:36 left giving the Bears 67-62 lead before Coast Guard missed their final eight field goal attempts.
The Lions held a 48-34 edge in rebounding including 12 offensive rebounds.
Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when the Bears host WPI at 3:00.