Coast Guard pulls away from Hornet men on the second day of Coaches vs Cancer Tip-Off

Coast Guard pulls away from Hornet men on the second day of Coaches vs Cancer Tip-Off

NEW LONDON, CT -  The United States Coast Guard Academy used a 23-3 run early in the second half to pull away from the Lyndon State College men's basketball team on the second day of the Coaches vs Cancer Tip-Off Classic.  Today's game was played at Connecticut College.  Sophomore Packy Witkowski had a career-high 31 points and classmate Justin Kane had a double-double with 18 points and a career-high tying 14 rebounds as Coast Guard beat Lyndon State 92-66 in the second day of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Connecticut College.

Coast Guard started quickly, as Patty Witkowski (Melrose, MA) connected on back to back three-pointers and Justin Kane (Arnold, MD) scored on a putback to give the Bears an 8-0 lead less than a minute into the contest.  Coast Guard's hot shooting continued early on, and after another Witkowski three the Hornets found themselves trailing 26-8 with 13:03 to go in the opening half.

Coast Guard still held an 18-point lead at 38-20 when Kevin Love's (Bristol, CT) putback with 5:14 remining in the half started an 18-3 Hornet run that was capped by a Charles Correa Jr. (Prospect Heights, RI) three-pointer that brought Lyndon within 41-38 with 32 seconds left in the half.  Noah Baldez (Lower Gwynedd, PA) scored at the buzzer to give Coast Guard a 43-38 lead at the break.

Zach Knowlton (Franconia, NH) connected on a three-pointer on the first posession of the second half to make it 43-41, but that was as close as the Hornets would get.  The Bears would score the next 13 points to start a 23-3 run that put the game away as the Hornets didn't threaten the rest of the way.

Witkowski led all scorers with a career high 31 points on 10 of 20 shooting, including 7 of 14 behind the arc.  Kane added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the winners.  Junior guard Corey Frost (Hamden, CT) paced the Hornets with a career high 18 points, including 5 of 9 from behind the arc.  Knowlton added 13 and Correa tallied 12 points and 5 steals.  Freshman forward Gerald Fleming (Riverview, FL) reached double figures for the first time as a collegian with 10 points.

Correa, Kane, and Baldez were named to the All-Tournament Team.  They were joined by Aaron Swenson of Connecticut College and Christian McCue of the University of Southern Maine.

The Hornets are off until Tuesday, November 28th, when they open North Atlantic Conference play with a 7:30 pm home contest against Green Mountain College.  Coast Guard plays at Fisher on November 30th.