New London, Conn. - January 19, 2019 - The Springfield College men's basketball team erupted for 60 points in the second half to surge past Coast Guard, 96-90, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Saturday afternoon.
The Bears are now 10-6 on the season and 1-5 in the NEWMAC, while the Pride improve to 6-11 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) was one of five Springfield players to score in double figures as he tallied 26 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in the victory. Classmate Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) delivered 20 points, 11 rebounds, and five helpers, while both Jake Jacobson (Branford, Conn.) and Kevin Durkin (Worcester, Mass.) tallied 12 points, and Collin Lindsay (East Longmeadow, Mass.) registered a career-high 11 points. For the game, Springfield shot 35 of 68 (51.5%), including 15 three-pointers, which was one off a program record. In the second half, Springfield shot a remarkable 65.6% (21-for-32), including 10-of-14 from beyond the arc.
Noah Baldez led the Bears with 24 points, Packy Witkowski had 21 points with eight rebounds, and Justin Kane added 16 points with eight rebounds.
The Bears opened the game with a 13-4 run throughout the first five minutes of play. However, Lindsay made a three pointer for Springfield at 12:05 to cut the deficit 17-13 for the Pride, only to have Baldez and Tyler Perez counter with back-to-back three pointers to extend Coast Guard's lead, 23-13. Witkowski would later drill a three with one second remaining in the half for the Bears to take a 47-36 lead heading into halftime.
Kane opened the second half with a three pointer of his own, to give the Bears a 14 point lead. At 14:14, Durkin hammered a dunk to spark a 12-4 run for the Pride, capped off by a Lindsay three pointer, to bring Springfield within four, 65-61, with 11:58 to go.
Facing a seven-point deficit with just over 10 minutes remaining, Jacobsen drilled a triple to kickstart an 18-4 run as Springfield knocked down six buckets from beyond the arc to earn a 81-74 advantage after Ross connected from deep at 5:41. The Pride extended its lead to nine at 90-81 when Ross finished inside with under a minute to go and the visitors held on for the 96-90 conference triumph.
Springfield will hit the court again next Wednesday when it travels to Worcester to face WPI at 7 pm in a rematch of last year's NEWMAC Championship Semifinal.