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Men's Basketball Controls Coast Guard, 73-60

Sean Martin New London, Conn. - Jan. 22, 2014 - The Springfield College men's basketball team benefited from a 20-point, 16-rebound effort from Tim Swenson (Millbury, Mass.) as it toppled Coast Guard, 73-60, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Wednesday evening.

Senior Robbie Burke (Cheshire, Mass.) added 14 points while sophomore Alex Garstka (Westfield, Mass.) and senior Sean Martin (Rindge, N.H.) each finished with 10 points in the win for the Pride, who improved to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC.

Springfield used an 11-2 run in the first half to take its largest lead of the half, 29-19 with 7:31 left following a layup by sophomore Larry Piretra (Oakland, N.J.).

The Bears answered right back with a 7-1 spurt capped on a bucket by junior Eli Sponseller with 2:13 left making the score 32-38. The Pride led 35-30 at halftime and never trailed in the second half.

Coast Guard would get as close as three points twice in the second half, the final time being 44-41 with 14:47 left. Martin’s layup with 7:15 left gave the Pride their first double digit lead of the half and they never looked back.

Springfield shot 52.2 percent from the field (24-46) while making 4 of 14 from 3-point range in the win.

Coast Guard shot 41 percent from the floor (25-61) and hit 7 of 23 from behind the arc. The Pride held a 35-26 edge in rebounding and Springfield went to the line 30 times (21-30) while the Bears were just 3 of 4 from the foul line.

Sophomore Ricky Rodriguez had a season-high 18 points and team-high eight rebounds to lead Coast Guard, which saw its two-game win streak snapped. The Bears are 4-12 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Senior John Benedict added 11 points off the bench for the Bears while junior David Anderson finished with ten points for the Bears. Senior Devonte Weems had a game-high six assists.

The Pride is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Clark for a 1 p.m. tip.

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