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Men's Basketball Tripped Up by Coast Guard, 76-60

Men's Basketball Tripped Up by Coast Guard, 76-60

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Packy Witkowski (Melrose, Mass.) poured in 22 points to lead four players in double figures as the visiting Coast Guard Academy defeated Babson College, 76-60, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.

Babson, which suffered its third straight loss, slips to 12-7 overall and 5-3 in league play, while Coast Guard improves to 12-6 overall and 3-5 in the NEWMAC with its third win in four outings.

Juniors Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) and Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) both scored 15 points to lead the Beavers. Frist-year Beau Smith (Germantown, N.Y.) added 10 points, six rebounds and two steals in the loss.

Junior Noah Baldez (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) finished with 19 points, senior Nolan Benson (Lexington, N.C.) contributed 16 ponts on 7-of-8 shooting to go along with six rebounds, and classmate Luke Daniels (Paintsville, Ky.) chipped in with 10 points and five boards for the Bears, who never trailed in the contest.

Witkowski scored 13 early points and Coast Guard connected on 10 of its first 16 shots to build a 25-8 lead a little more than 11 minutes into the game. Coolahan, sophomore Graham Dolan (Williamsville, N.Y.), first-year James Welch (Needham, Mass.) and Oftring all hit three-pointers during a 12-3 run that pulled the Green and White back within 28-20 at the 7:43 mark.

Benson scored on back-to-back trips to make it a 10-point game, while Baldez and Daniels combined for eight points over the final 4:34 of the half to help the Bears take a 42-25 advantage into the break. Coast Guard led by as many as 19 early in the second half, but Coolahan scored six points to spark a 10-3 run to cut Babson's deficit to 60-48 with 8:48 remaining.

The Green and White got as close as 11 on a triple by Smith, but the Bears responded with a 12-2 burst. Junior Sean Graytok (Greensburg, Pa.) canned a three-pointer, Benson converted a three-point play and Baldez scored on consecutive possessions as Coast Guard took extended its lead to 74-53, the biggest of the game, with under five minutes to go.

The Beavers shot 42.6 percent from the floor but were just 8-of-31 (25.8 percent) from deep and committed 19 turnovers. The Bears shot 54.1 percent and outscored the Green and White 42-26 in the paint.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson hosts ninth-ranked MIT at 7 p.m., while Coast Guard travels to Springfield at 5:30 p.m.

• The Beavers, who had won 16 straight against Coast Guard entering the day, is now 55-27 all-time against the Bears.
• Babson's three-game losing streak is its first since December 2015 when it lost to Tufts in overtime, Amherst in 2OT and Bates by five.
• The Green and White is 0-4 this season and 1-7 over the last two years when allowing its opponents to shoot better than 50 percent.