Bears beat Wheaton for First NEWMAC Win

NEW LONDON, CONN.--(1/25/12)--Junior Jimmy Knudsen had a season-high 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds while classmate Greg Marshall had 15 points as Coast Guard snapped a six-game losing streak with a 75-69 win over Wheaton in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.


Coast Guard won its first conference game of the season and improved to 7-9 overall and 1-5 in league play while Wheaton dropped to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the NEWMAC.

Sophomore Kevin Sowers added 13 points and four assists while classmate John Benedict added 10 points in the win.

Coast Guard jumped out to an 11-3 lead in the first four minutes, but Wheaton later used a 12-4 spurt to take its first lead of the game 20-18 following a three-pointer by senior Brendan Degnan with 9:19 left in the first half.

The Lyons led the rest of the half, pushing the lead to as many as eight on pair of occasions and leading 40-34 at half. Degnan had 16 of his game-high 24 points in the first half.

The Bears scored the first six points of the second half to pull even 40-40 with 17:01 remaining.

Senior Trip Fernandes hit a three-pointer as the shot clock expired to give Coast Guard its largest lead of the second half to that point, 55-51 with 9:24 left in the game.

Wheaton tied the game 57-57 as freshman Ryan Clinesmith made one of two free throws with 6:48 left.

The Bears would use a 9-2 spurt to take a 66-59 lead with 3:41 left, but again the Lyons responded as freshman Eddie Capstick and senior Anthony Weeks knocked down three-pointers to cut the lead to 66-65 with 2:49 left.

Marshall scored the next four points on a pair of free throws and a bucket with 1:33 left for a 70-65 lead.

Sowers went four-for-four from the foul line in the next minute to put the game away as the Bears led 74-69 with 24 seconds left.

Weeks finished with 13 points while senior Shawn Daily grabbed a career-high tying 14 rebounds for the second straight game.

Coast Guard shot 39.1 percent from the field (25-64) while making four of eight from three-point range while Wheaton shot 31.7 percent from the floor (20-63) while making just eight of 35 (22.9 percent) from behind the arc.

The Bears outrebounded Wheaton 45-40.