New London, Conn. - January 9, 2010 - Head coach Charlie Brock picked up his 400th career victory as the Springfield College men's basketball team rattled off its fourth-straight win, downing Coast Guard, 69-61, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
The win pushes Springfield's record to 6-8 on the season, but more importantly, makes the Pride the lone team in the league with a 2-0 conference record.
Matt Cavalieri led four players in double figures with 18 points to go with his team-high 12 rebounds as Brock picked up his 400th collegiate victory. Brock is in his 30th season as a collegiate head coach and 12th at Springfield. He has a career record of 400-371 at Drew, Gustavus Adolphus, Trinity (Tx), and Springfield.
Springfield (6-8, 2-0) jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led by as many as 15 at 31-16 with 5:15 left in the first half. The Pride led 31-24 at the half, as Coast Guard shot just 20.7 percent from the floor in the first half (6-29).
Coast Guard (4-7, 1-1) used a 14-5 run in the second half, cutting a 34-24 deficit to 39-35 with 15:10 left following a 3-pointer by Brett Huntley.
The Bears would make it a two point game at 45-43 on an old fashioned 3-point play by Eric Hudson with 11:32 left, before the Pride scored seven straight, the last four by Cavalieri, for a 52-43 lead with 8:56 left.
Coast Guard made one last push as Adam Radtke hit a 3-pointer and then sank a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left to cut the lead to 65-61.
Cavalieri hit a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left and Darvis Rankins made two free throws with 16 seconds left to ice the win for the Pride, who moved into sole possession of first place in the conference.
Rankins finished with 15 points while Ryan Coburn and Ryan Blackmon each scored 11 points for Springfield which shot 36.2 percent from the field (21-58) while making seven of 22 from 3-point range.
Radtke led Coast Guard with 15 points, while Ed Gailor had a career-high 11 points in the loss. Jevon James led the Bears with a game-high 13 rebounds.
Coast Guard shot just 27.1 percent from the floor (16-59) and the Bears made eight of 27 from 3-point range.
Springfield will next play on Wednesday evening when it hosts rival Wheaton for a 7:00 pm tip.