Springfield, Mass. -- January 8, 2011 -- Billy Harkins scored 16 points to lead his Springfield College men's basketball team to a 67-60 victory over Coast Guard this afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball game at SC's Blake Arena.
With the win, Springfield is now 9-5 overall, 2-0 in the NEWMAC. Coast Guard falls to 6-6, 1-1 the NEWMAC. Springfield has now won nine of its last 11 games.
Two others scored in double figures for the Pride, each tallying 14 points. They were senior forward Matthew Cavalieri (West Warwick, R.I.) and senior guard Darvis Rankins (Boston, Mass.). Harkins, a senior guard from Bellmore, N.Y., scored a game-high 16 points. He had scored a career-high 17 points in a 64-59 victory over Babson just three nights ago.
Cavalieri added a game-high 14 rebounds for the Pride. Junior center Ryan Coburn (West Warwick, R.I.) added two points, seven rebounds, and three blocks for SC.
For Coast Guard, three players scored in double figures. They included sophomore forward Greg Marshall (Gaithersburg, Md.) with 15 points, freshman guard Devonte Weems (Chesapeake Beach, Md.) with 12, and freshman guard Kevin Sowers (Monrovia, Md.) with 10. Marshall was 5-of-9 from the floor, while Weems was 5-of-10 from the floor.
Senior forward Jevin James (St. Thomas, V.I.) added seven points and a team-high five rebounds for the Bears.
It was a tightly-contested game for the most part, especially in the first half. Coast Guard jumped out to a 12-8 lead on a 3-pointer by Sowers with 12:48 gone in that half. But the Pride scored the next six points to take a two-point lead at 14-12. After Sowers tied it at 14-all. Springfield actually took the lead for good on a lay-up by Rankins with 9:41 left. SC led by as many as seven (26-19) in that half, but Coast Guard cut it to one (30-29) on a 3-pointer by Marshall with 2:16 left. Cavalieri and Harkins tallied lay-ups in the last two minutes to give the Pride a 34-29 halftime lead.
Springfield led by as many as 13 points twice in the early stages of the second half, the second time on a jumper by Cavalieri at 44-31 with 15:17 left in the contest.
But Coast Guard was not done. When sophomore forward Jimmy Knudsen (Ridge, N.Y.) hit a 3-pointer with 12:13 to go, it was a three-point game at 44-41. Springfield then put on a 9-0 run on a jumper by Cavalieri, a 3-pointer by junior guard Jordan Rote (Sheffield, Mass.), and two consecutive lay-ups by Harkins, and SC had its 12-point lead back at 53-41 with exactly nine minutes remaining.
Coast Guard cut it to within six at 65-59 with 1:22 to go, but that is as close as the Bears would come.
SC shot .519 from the floor for the game, making 27-of-52 attempts. Coast Guard shot .362 on 21-of-58. SC outrebounded the Bears, 38-29. Coast Guard shot better from 3-point range at .421 (8-of-19). Harkins made 5-of-6 free throws.
Springfield will play next Wednesday (Jan. 12) at Wheaton at 7 pm.
(Photo by Cindi Williamson of Fat Dog Fotos)