Local colleges: Springfield men outlast Coast Guard 79-74

Coast Guard Academy's Packy Witkowski (12) attempts to save a ball from going out of bounds during Saturday's NEWMAC men's basketball game against Springfield in New London. Springfield outlasted the Bears 79-74. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
Coast Guard Academy's Packy Witkowski (12) attempts to save a ball from going out of bounds during Saturday's NEWMAC men's basketball game against Springfield in New London. Springfield outlasted the Bears 79-74. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

New London — Springfield College's Jake Ross blocked a three-point attempt by Coast Guard Academy's Packy Witkowski with eight seconds remaining to preserve the Pride's 79-74 victory over the Bears in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball game on Saturday.

Witkowski, a sophomore, led the Bears (9-6, 1-5) with 26 points and nine rebounds while Justin Kane added 13 points and 13 rebounds — his fifth double-double of the season — Sean Graytok made three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points, and Noah Baldez added 10 points and four assists.

Ross led Springfield (11-6, 5-1) with 34 points and 13 rebounds.

In other games:

• New London's Tyrel Martinez made a free throw with .5 seconds remaining to give Avery Point an 89-88 victory over Massachusetts Bay Community College. Martinez finished with 20 points to lead the Pointers while Amadi White and Bobby Atkins finished with 17 points apiece and Jacee Hamelin had 15 points and eight assists.

• St. Thomas More beat Navy Prep 90-81 in the consolation game of the Bridgton Winter Classic. Adrien Nunez led T-More (12-7) with 28 points. The win was No. 998 for T-More coach Jere Quinn. The Chancellors lost to Bridgton 85-70 on Friday night.

• No. 14 Wesleyan (13-3, 3-2) cruised to an 89-51 win over Connecticut College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. David Labossiere had 15 points for the Camels (6-11, 0-5) while Dan Draffan added 11 points and six rebounds.

Women's basketball

• Emerson rolled to a 78-51 victory over Coast Guard in the NEWMAC. Freshman Brenna Farrington came off the bench to finish with 18 points and nine rebounds for the Bears (8-8, 4-5) while Micaela Martinelli had 11 points and eight rebounds.

• Wesleyan made four free throws in the final 30 seconds to put away Conn College 69-64 in the NESCAC. Sami Ashton led the Camels (11-5, 2-3) with 17 points and nine rebounds while Mairead Hynes added 16 points and Margaret Corcoran finished with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Women's indoor track

• Coast Guard senior Gabbie Troise set a school record in the weight throw and freshman Kaitlyn Mooney won her first career indoor race during Rhode Island's Sorlien Memorial Invite. Troise had a throw of 51 feet, 2.25 inches, the first thrower in school history to surpass 50 feet. She also place fifth in the shot put (39-2.25). Mooney, an All-American in cross country, won the 3K in 10:13.09, the second fastest time in program history, with teammate Olivia Suski placing sixth in 10:55.76. Also for the Bears, Anita Green was fourth in the 1,000-meter race (3:07.47).

Men's indoor track

• Coast Guard senior Raeford Penny had the Bears' best individual performance at Rhode Island's Sorlien Memorial Invite, placing second in the 500-meter race in 1:07.47. Penny was also part of a runnerup finish by CGA's 4x400 relay, joining Nicholas Frystak, Benjamin Taminger and Luke Rehfuss to place second in 3:25.89. Also for the Bears, Michael Frick placed fifth in the pole vault (14 feet, 1.25 inches) and Sawyer Stanton was sixth in the high jump (5-11.25).

Coast Guard Academy's Noah Baldez scores two the easy way during Saturday's 79-74 loss to Springfield in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
Coast Guard Academy's Noah Baldez scores two the easy way during Saturday's 79-74 loss to Springfield in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

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