New London, Conn. - February 18, 2017 - Despite leading by as much as 14 in the first half, the Springfield College men's basketball team was edged by host Coast Guard, 81-78, in its regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
First-year Heath Post (Cheshire, Conn.) finished the game with a career-best 24 points to go along with eight boards and four blocks, while Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) registered his 12th double double of the season after posting 20 points and 10 boards and chipped in a game-high six assists. Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) also recorded a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The Pride held a 47-35 edge on the glass and hit 11 three-pointers in the setback.
Senior Adrian Chuquillangui scored 17 of his game high 24 points in the second half as the Bears overcame a 12 point halftime deficit to snap a five game losing streak and finishes the season at 7-17 and 3-13 in conference play. The Pride fall to 13-12 overall and 7-7 in the NEWMAC.
Chuquillangui made his final collegiate game count by scoring a career high 24 points with two rebounds, two assists and one key block late. Classmate Devon Zych also made the most of his final game registering a double double with 11 point and 10 rebounds. Freshman Patrick Witkowski came off the bench to score 19 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.
Springfield broke the game open in the first half at the 8:49 mark with the game tied at 23 finishing off the period on a 23-11 run to take a 12 point lead into the locker room. Ross scored 12 of his 20 point in the first half while Chuquillangui only had seven for the Bears.
Coast Guard climbed right back into the game just under five minutes into the second half as Chuquillangui drilled a three pointer at the 15:29 mark to make the score 51-51.
The Pride pushed the lead back to seven with just over eight minutes to play in the game as Post made one of two foul shots for a 70-63 score.
From that point on Coast Guard took control off the game finishing on an 18-8 run as Chuquillangui not only iced the game with two free throws with five seconds to go to make the score 81-78 but also swatted away Springfield's final attempt from three as time ticked off the clock.
The Bears made 31-69 (44.9%) from the floor and was 43.5% (10-23) from beyond the arc. Coast Guard held an advantage in points in the paint (37-20) and picked up a boost from their bench outscoring the Pride's bench (35-16).