Big Second Half Leads WPI Past Bears

Justin Kane
Justin Kane

WORCESTER, Mass. –  Freshman Dakota Wheeler had a game-high 17 points and WPI used an 18-2 run in the second half as the Engineers beat Coast Guard 79-70 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Both teams were hot to start the second half as they each connected on 8 of their first 10 field goal attempts and the game was tied 56-56 with 12:48 left.

The Bears would then miss 14 of their next 15 field goal attempts as WPI used the 18-2 run to open up a 74-58 lead with 5:15 left. Coast Guard would outscore WPI 12-5 over the final five minutes.

WPI shot 60 percent from the floor in the second half (18-30) and 50.8 percent (31-61) in the win.

Sophomores Justin Kane (14), Packy Witkowski (13), Sean Graytok (11) and Noah Baldez (10) all scored in double figures for Coast Guard. Kane had a team-high eight rebounds. Coast Guard shot 47.3 percent from the field (26-55) and 62.5 percent from behind the arc (10-16) including 6 of 7 in the second half.

Freshman Reid Walker added 16 points and a game-high nine rebounds for WPI which improves to 13-8 overall and 7-3 in the NEWMAC while the Bears drop to 9-10 overall and 1-9 in conference play.

Junior Bryce Schroeder's 3-pointer with 10:14 left in the first half capped a 7-0 run and gave Coast Guard its largest lead of the game 18-13.

WPI would answer with a 14-3 spurt taking a 27-21 lead with 5:33 left in the half, but the Bears would use a 7-2 spurt, the final five points by Witkowski, cutting the deficit to 29-28 with 3:46 left in the opening half.

The Bears would score the final five points of the first half and led 35-34 at the break. Coast Guard shot 52 percent in the opening half (13-25) and connected on 4 of 9 from 3-point range.

The Engineers were 13 of 31 in the first half (41.9 percent) and made 4 of 10 from behind the arc.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday when they host MIT in a NEWMAC game at 7:30.

 





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