New London, Conn. - Sophomore Brian
Vayda (Sturbridge, Mass.) led all scorers with 22
points while senior Mark
Alexander (Providence, R.I.) added 14 points and a
game-high nine rebounds leading Clark to a 67-50 win over Coast
Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference
Clark (12-9, 3-5) outscored the Bears 11-1 over the first five minutes of the second half turning a 30-22 halftime lead into a 41-23 lead with 15:49 left in the game.
Coast Guard (7-12, 4-5) got as close as 11 at 46-35 following a 3-pointer by freshman Ed Gailor with 9:51 left. Clark led 50-38 with 8:41 left and then scored 11 straight to take its largest lead of the game 61-38 with 5:09 left.
The Cougars used an 8-0 first half run to open its largest lead of the half 19-8 with 10:32 left.
Clark shot 42.9 percent from the floor (21-49) and six of 17 from behind the arc (35.3 percent) while Coast Guard shot 40.5 percent (17-42), just 28 percent (7-25) in the first half, but 58.8 percent in the second half (10-17). The Cougars outrebounded Coast Guard 35-23.
Freshman Greg Marshall led Coast Guard with 13 points while senior Eric Hudson had 11 points and a team-high six rebounds in the loss.
Clark returns to the hardwood on Wednesday with a key road matchup at MIT beginning at 8:00 p.m.