BOSTON, Mass. -- Geoffrey Gray had 22 points and 16 rebounds as Emerson snapped Coast Guard's eight-game winning streak with an 86-79 win over the Bears in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams.
The Lions improve to 7-5 overall, 1-0 in the conference while Coast Guard drops to 8-2 overall and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Noah Baldez had a career-high 24 points to lead the Bears while classmate Justin Kane finished with 16 points. Junior Nolan Benson had a team-high eight rebounds to lead Coast Guard.
The Lions led by as many as seven in the first half at 17-10 before Coast Guard used a 15-2 run to take its largest lead 25-19 with 7:50 left in the half. Emerson would respond by scoring the next eight points to regain the lead 27-25 lead.
Coast Guard led 39-35 with 1:50 left before the Lions scored the final four to make it 39-39 at the break.
Emerson used an 8-2 run in the second half to open up a 10 point lead 57-47 with 11:40 left in the game, but the Bears would respond right away by scoring nine straight making it 57-56 with 10:03 left.
The Lions scored the next five to push the lead to 62-56 with 8:20 left. Coast Guard would make it a one possession game, 68-65, on a bucket by Baldez with 5:13 left.
The Bears trailed 75-70 with 2:12 remaining when the Lions scored the next five capped on a pair of free throws by Michael Sheng with 57 seconds left to ice the game, making the score 80-70.
The Lions shot 47.5 percent (28-59) in the win while making 8 of 28 from 3-point range. Coast Guard was 28 of 65 (43.1 percent) and made just 6 of 26 from behind the arc.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they play at #15 MIT in a NEWMAC game at 2:00.