Springfield, Mass. - February 22, 2014 - The Springfield College men's basketball team closed out the regular season on Saturday with an 83-60 New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win over visiting Coast Guard in Blake Arena.
Four of five Springfield starters finished the game in double-digit scoring, led by Simon Kilday (Arlington, Va.) and Sean Martin (Rindge, N.H.) who led all-scorers with 14 points each. Kilday shot 4-of-7 from the three-point line and dished out four assists while Martin had four helpers and three boards. Nick Sienkiewicz (Cranston, R.I.) tallied 13 points and senior Robbie Burke (Cheshire, Mass.) finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Tim Swenson (Millbury, Mass.) posted eight boards and seven points.
Springfield had big production off the bench, as Nick McKenna (Danvers, Mass.) had eight points, Josh Downes (East Sandwich, Mass.) added six and Larry Piretra (Oakland, N.J.) had six rebounds.
Springfield advances to the NEWMAC semifinals against Babson, to be played on Saturday March 1st at 3:00 p.m. at WPI. This will be the third meeting between the two teams this year, as they split during the regular season. Springfield stands at 19-6 overall and 10-4 in the NEWMAC with the win over Coast Guard. The Bears finish the year 5-20 (2-12, NEWMAC).
Coast Guard was led by David Anderson with a team-high 11 points, plus nine rebounds and three assists. Devonte Weems added 10 points of 5-of-8 shooting.
Springfield shot 25-of-55 (45.5%) from the floor and 9-of-18 (50%) from three while Coast Guard was 25-of-62 (40.3%) from the field and 4-of-15 (26.7%) from behind the arc.
The Pride quickly jumped out to a 9-2 early lead as Piretra grabbed an offensive board and put it right back in just five minutes into the game. Coast Guard closed the gap, coming within four points (13-9) on a basket by Eli Sponseller at the 10:56 mark.
Springfield led by as much as 13 in the first half, taking its first double-digit lead with 3:48 left in the first on a basket in the paint by Martin to go ahead 24-13. The Pride closed out the first half with a 31-24 lead.
In the second half, Coast Guard came within five points as Weems opened the period with a layup to make it a 31-26 just 1:08 in, but the rest of the game was all about Springfield.
After Weems knocked down a jumper with 17:51 left on the clock, Springfield went on a 17-2 run to put the game away. Sienkiewicz started the run with a three-pointer to go up 37-28 and the Pride knocked down three-straight from behind the arc in that stretch, two from Kilday and one from McKenna, to put the game out of reach, 52-30 with 14:04 left to play.
Springfield led by as much as 29 in the game, as Downes converted two free throws with 1:23 left to play to go up 81-52.