January 5, 2011

Cougars Drop NEWMAC Opener, 73-65

New London, Conn. - Sophomore Greg Marshall had a game-high 23 points and Coast Guard used a 16-0 run in the first half to erase a nine point deficit and the Bears never looked back beating Clark 73-65 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams on Wednesday evening.

Junior Brian Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) had 11 points in the first seven minutes of the game as Clark built a 17-8 lead with 13:16 left in the first half.

Coast Guard scored 16 straight capped on a 3-pointer by freshman Kevin Sowers with 5:05 left for a 24-17 lead. The Bears led 30-26 at the break.

The Bears used a 10-2 spurt in the second half turning a 34-29 edge into a 44-31 lead with 13:21 left.

Coast Guard would then score ten of the next 14 points to take its largest lead of the game, 54-35 with 8:33 left.

Clark which trailed 66-51 with 52 seconds left, managed to get as close as eight by outscoring the Bears 14-7 in the final minute of the game.

Both teams were excellent from the foul line as Coast Guard was 23 of 26 while Clark made 21 of 24 from the charity stripe.

Coast Guard shot 56 percent from the floor (13-for-23) in the second half and finished 22-for- 49 (45 percent), while the Cougar shot just 30.5 percent (18-for-59).

Senior Jevon James registered his third double-double of the season as he finished with 14 points, and a game-high 12 rebounds and a career-high five assists.

Sowers finished with 18 points as the Bears snapped a two-game losing streak.

Coast Guard (6-5, 1-0) outrebounded Clark 41-30.

Vayda ended with 22 points, nine rebounds and four steals for the visitors. Sophomore Travis Curley (Trumbull, Conn.) added 14 points for the Cougars, who also got ten points from freshman Jeff Tagger (Brockton, Mass.).

Clark, which has now dropped four of its last five games, will look to rebound on Saturday with a home tilt against Wheaton beginning at 3:00 p.m.