NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's basketball team kicked off the second half of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action in Emerson Gymnasium with a re-match against the Coast Guard Saturday afternoon. The Bears came out victorious the second go-around, defeating the Lyons 93-78.
Junior Ryan Fogarty finished just one point shy of his career-best, knocking down a team-high 22 points against the Bears, on a 7-for-12 performance from the floor. Senior Quinton Dale scored eight points and pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Sophomore Liam Bruno ended the afternoon with 14 points, while Alex DuBrow chipped in 13 off the bench.
The Bears were led by junior Micah Baldez, who scored a career-high 31 points after hitting 9-for-15 from the floor. Max Lampe, Patrick Witkowski and Noah Baldez each finished with 12 points, while Justin Kane contributed 10.
A slow opening to the first half made it difficult for either team to find a rhythm and capture a clear advantage. Sophomore Nick Geremia knotted the game at 10-10 with 13:46 to go in the half after an offensive rebound and put-back jumper.
The Bears countered moments later with a 12-2 run that made it a 22-12 came with under 11 minutes remaining until intermission. Wheaton pulled back within four with 4:30 on the clock courtesy of back-to-back free-throws from Bruno. The Lyons tied the game for the first time since the start with two baskets from Fogarty at the charity stripe with under a minute to play. Luke Daniels handed the lead back to the Bears just seconds before halftime with a quick layup.
Dale handed Wheaton the lead to start the second half, but Coast Guard settled down and picked up where they left off in the first half, pushing the lead back to eight with just over 14 minutes to play. The Bears continued o lead throughout the remainder of the second half.
Wheaton returns to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 1 for a 7 p.m. home contest against the No. 1 Babson Beavers.