Witkowski Scores 30 as Bears Upset #12 MIT

Witkowski Scores 30 as Bears Upset #12 MIT

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Packy Witkowski had 21 of his season-high 30 points in the second half as Coast Guard knocked off MIT, ranked 12th nationally, 74-71 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

Witkowski would make a pair of free throws with 1.5 seconds left and MIT freshman Hamilton Forsythe's full court heave hit the front of the rim as the Bears held on for the upset win.

MIT drops to 18-4 overall and 8-3 in the NEWMAC while the Bears improve to 10-10 overall and 2-9 in the conference. The Bears snapped 13-game losing streak against MIT beating the Engineers for the first time since 10-11.

Sophomore Noah Baldez finished with a career-high 21 points as he connected on 7 of 10 from the field and made 7 of 9 from the foul line. Junior Luke Daniels had a career-high nine rebounds for the Bears while sophomore Justin Kane finished with eight.

Freshman Ian Hinkley led four MIT players in double figures with 19 points off the bench. Sophomore Aidan Einloth (12), junior Tim Roberts (10) and Forsythe (10) also had double figures for MIT. Roberts had a team-high eight rebounds.

Coast Guard led 35-34 at halftime and the Bears in the first three minutes scored the first 11 points of the second half, the final nine by Witkowski, to open up a 46-34 lead with 17:19 left.

Witkowski and the Bears were not done as MIT would score five straight making the score 46-41 before the sophomore scored eight straight capped on a trey with 14:10 left as Coast Guard took its largest lead of the game 54-39 with 14:10. Witkowski would score 17 points in the first six minutes of the second half.

Sophomore Sean Graytok's 3-pointer with 9:07 left gave the Bears a 63-51 lead, but MIT would go on an 11-1 run pulling to within in 64-62 following a layup by Roberts with 6:12 remaining.

Sophomore Noah Baldez would make a layup with 3:33 left to give the Bears a 71-67 lead.

Roberts would make a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left cutting the deficit to 72-71. The Bears would miss a shot before an MIT turnover with 10 seconds left gave the ball back to Coast Guard.

Coast Guard shot 43.9 percent (25-57) from the floor and connected on 6 of 18 from 3-point range while MIT was 23 of 56 (41.1 percent) from the field while making 6 of 22 from behind the arc.

The Bears led by as many as seven in the first half, 25-18 with 6:31 left before MIT cut the deficit to 35-34 at the break.

Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when the Bears play at Clark in a NEWMAC game at 3:00.

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