-Score: Coast Guard Academy 91, Clark University 78
-Records: Clark (3-13, NEWMAC 0-5), Coast Guard (9-5, NEWMAC 1-4)
-Location: New London, Conn. (Roland Hall)
-The Lead: The Clark University men's basketball team dropped a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup with the Bears of Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday evening. Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) came off the bench with a double-double for the Cougars with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the setback.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Bears kicked off the evening with a three-pointer from Sean Graytok (Greensburg, Penn.) but the Cougars responded with a basket from behind the arc from Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) to tie that game at 3-3 just 40 seconds into play.
-Coast Guard then went on a 3-0 run that included back to back layups and a free throw from Gaytok to take a 11-5 lead with 17:25 on the clock.
-Packy Witkowski (Melrose, Mass.) sank a three to extend the Bear's lead to nine, 16-7, but a pair of made free throws from senior John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) brought the Cougars back within seven with 16 minutes to go.
-After just over two minutes of scoreless play Noah Baldez (Lower Gwynedd, Penn.) and Witkowski combined for five points to put the Bears up by 12. Clark responded with a 2-0 run of their own with buckets from Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) and Converse and were back within eight points, 21-13, with 12:48 to play.
-Pisacreta added six points for the Cougars with two three-pointers at the 9:02 and 8:27 mark as the visitors trailed by ten, 33-23.
-A 4-2 run for the Cougars highlighted by a three-pointer from Converse to end the half brought Clark within seven points of the Bears heading into the halftime break, 48-41.
- The Bears would use a 17-3 run in the second half to blow the game open turning a 62-53 lead with 14:12 left into a commanding 79-56 lead with 9:41 remaining.
-Clark would answer with 12-3 spurt cutting the deficit to 82-68 with 4:40 left.
-McCormick added 11 points and came up with two steals in the second half for the Cougars. Freshman Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) shot three-for-seven from behind the arc to add nine points in the second half.
-Ten points from Baldez in the second half to go along with nine points from both Bryce Schroeder (Caldwell, Idaho) and Graytok lifted the Bears to the ultimate 91-78 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-The Bears shot a season-high 55.4 percent (36-65) and connected on 7 of 18 from 3-point range. Clark was 28 of 72 (38.9 percent) from the floor and hit 13 of 31 from behind the arc.
-Baldez and classmate Witkowski each had 14 points while Schroeder and sophomore Justin Kane each added 13 points in the win for Coast Guard. Kane led the Bears with nine rebounds while Graytok added eight rebounds. Graytok connected on 11 of 17 from the floor and 4 of 5 from behind the arc.
-Converse had 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for Clark off the bench while McCormick (13), Grzembski (12) and Gayman (11) also scored in double figures for the Cougars. Gayman had a game-high five assists.
-Clark heads down the street to WPI on Saturday for some NEWMAC action at 4:00 p.m.
-Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when the Bears host Springfield in a NEWMAC game at 1:00 p.m.