Berk Leads Balanced Attack In Win Over Bears

Lamar Berk led the Cougars with career-highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds in the 82-64 win over Coast Guard.
Lamar Berk led the Cougars with career-highs of 19 points and 15 rebounds in the 82-64 win over Coast Guard.

New London, Conn. – Lamar Berk (Saint Augustine, Fla.) pumped in a career-high 19 points and tied his career-high with 15 rebounds to lead Clark University to a convincing 82-64 win over Coast Guard in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday evening.

Game Information
Clark University 82, Coast Guard 64
Records: Clark University (13-7, 5-4 NEWMAC); Coast Guard (6-13, 2-7 NEWMAC)
Location: Roland Hall, New London, Conn.

Clark Stars:
In addition to Berk, Brendan Kittredge (Clinton, Mass.) and John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) each finished with 17 points in the win for the Scarlet and White, who also got eight points and seven assists from Joe Atkinson (Milford, Mass.).

For The Foes:
Freshman Patrick Witkowski led the Bears with 13 points while classmate Max Lampe added 11 points for Coast Guard and Luke Daniels led the way with six rebounds.

How It Happened:
The Bears cut a 10-point halftime deficit to 41-37 on a layup by Micah Baldez with 16:23 left. Clark would push the lead back to double figures taking a 53-42 lead on a basket by Atkinson with 10:52 remaining.

Coast Guard would get as close as seven at 66-59 on a pair of free throws by freshman Justin Kane with 4:37 left, but Clark would score nine of the next 10 points to put the game away.

The Cougars shot 49.3 percent (33-67) from the floor in the win while making 7 of 26 from behind the arc. Coast Guard was 22 of 59 from the field (37.3 percent) and connected on 6 of 17 from behind the arc.

The Cougars led 13-4 before Coast Guard used a 7-2 spurt cutting the lead to 15-11 following a 3-pointer by senior Adrian Chuquillangui with 9:54 left in the opening half.

Daniels made four straight free throws in a span of 25 seconds as the Bears, who trailed 22-13 with 6:35 left, cut the deficit to 23-20 with 5:07 left.

The Cougars used a 7-2 spurt over the final 2:09 of the first half to lead 36-26 at halftime. Clark shot 45.5 percent in the first half (15-33) making 2 of 11 from 3-point range. Coast Guard shot 33.3 percent in the opening half (9-27) hitting 2 of 7 from behind the arc.

Clark held a 46-32 edge in rebounding including 14 offensive rebounds.

Up Next:
Winners of three of their last four games, the Scarlet and White will play their next three games at home beginning with Saturday's visit from Emerson College. Tip time is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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