Men's Basketball Drops Series to Coast Guard with 76-57 Loss

Men's Basketball Drops Series to Coast Guard with 76-57 Loss
SCORE: Wheaton 57 - Coast Guard 76
 

RECORDS: Wheaton (11-12, 2-11 NEWMAC) - Coast Guard (16-7, 7-6 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College men's basketball team wrapped up its 2018-19 homestand Wednesday night, falling to the United States Coast Guard Academy 76-57 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest in Emerson Gymnasium. 
  • The Lyons were led by Riley Tetreault who knocked down 14 points on a 5-of-8 night from the floor, which included draining 4-of-6 from three-point range. Tetreault also finished with four rebounds and a block. Wheaton also got a career-high 13 points from Robby Lowey who hit 6-of-8 from the floor, while making one of two from the free-throw line. Ricardo Ripley ended the night with 11 points for Wheaton. 
  • Duaka Ekwensi led the team with a game-high seven rebounds to go along with six points, two assists, a steal, and two blocks. Lowey pulled down six boards in the loss, while Ripley collected five. 
  • Packy Witkowski paced the Bears with a game-high 16 points, making 6-of-12 from the floor, including 4-of-7 from long distance. Tyler Perez netted 14 points off the bench for the Coast Guard, finishing 4-of-6 from behind the arc and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. Luke Daniels also finished in double-digits, chipping in 12 points in the win. 
  • The Bears took the lead out of the gate on a Justin Kane three and never let go. Wheaton pulled within one nearly a minute and a half later, but the Coast Guard countered with a 10-1 run that pushed the Lyon deficit to 10 with 13:22 on the clock. Undeterred Wheaton continued to fight, pulling within four points, 27-23, on a Carbonello free-throw with 2:54 remaining in the opening half. The two teams would combine for 13 points the rest of the way with the Bears taking a 35-28 advantage into the locker room.  
  • Ripley got the scoring started in the second half, pulling Wheaton back within five points, 35-30, in the opening seconds. The Lyons continued to keep things close for the majority of the opening half of the second frame, until a Bear run pushed the visitors ahead by 20, 64-44, with 9:16 on the clock. Despite all their efforts, Wheaton would never be able to cut the Coast Guard advantage to single digits. 

 THE BASICS:

  • Field Goals: Wheaton 20-53 / CGA 28-58
  • 3-Point FG: Wheaton 6-19 / CGA 13-25
  • Free Throw: Wheaton 11-16 / CGA 7-11
  • Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 3 / CGA 17
  • Rebounds: Wheaton 36 / CGA 32
  • Assists: Wheaton 6 / CGA 15

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to the court on Saturday, Feb. 16 for its final game of the regular season. The Lyons will travel to Clark for a 1 p.m. contest. VIDEO / LIVE STATS