Published December 08. 2013 4:00AM
New London - David Anderson helped Coast Guard Academy rally from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat St. Joseph's (N.Y.) 72-59 in the opening round of the Citizens Bank men's basketball tournament at Connecticut College on Saturday night.
The consolation and championship games will be played today at Coast Guard with the Bears (2-4) taking on Conn in the final at 4 p.m. The Camels (3-3) routed Maine-Presque Isle in Saturday's tourney opener, 91-61. St. Joseph's and Presque Isle will play in the consolation game at 2.
Anderson scored 14 of his team-high 17 points after the break for Coast Guard, which started to second half with a 22-6 run to turn the seven-point deficit to a 49-40 advantage.
St. Josephs' would never get closer than six points the rest of the night.
"We talked at halftime about coming out about playing harder and being more aggressive and take the game to them both offensively and defensively, and I thought we did that," Coast Guard coach Kevin Jaskiewicz said. "I loved our point distribution with four guys in double figures. It will be real challenge playing Connecticut College on short rest, but we are excited and looking forward to playing in the championship game."
Anderson was 6 of 8 from the floor (5 of 6 in the second half) while also making 2 of 3 from 3-point range and grabbing eight rebounds. Eli Sponseller tied a career-high with 15 points and a career-high nine rebounds while John Benedict had a season-best 12 points, including 9 of 10 from the foul line, and senior Devonte Weems finished with 11 points and a team-high six assists.
Darryl Charles led St. Joseph's with 24 points and eight rebounds.
In Conn's win over Maine-Presque Isle, Zuri Pavlin had 12 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Camels, who dominated the boards (60-30).
Matt Vadas added 18 points and eight rebounds while Mason Lopez finished with 13 points and John Bullitt and Alex Hall added 10 points apiece.
In other games:
• Joshua Ford had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead Mitchell College past Lesley, 84-80, in the New England Collegiate Conference.
Ford, who recorded his seventh straight double-double, also had six assists for the Mariners (4-3, 2-0) while Alex Del Rio had 14 points, Frank Martin 10 and Wyatt Springer nine.
Springer was 2-for-2 from behind the 3-point line for Mitchell, which maded nine 3-pointers.
• Cane Broome scored 18 points with eight rebounds and four assists as St. Thomas More beat Brewster Academy.
Yuta Watanabe had 16 points and five rebounds, Eric Paschall had 17 points and seven rebounds and Mike Wells had 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds for T-More (5-1).
• Torie Sutherland scored 14 of her game-high 17 points in the second half as Coast Guard held off Albertus Magnus, 67-64. The Bears (6-0), off to the best start in program history, led 64-47 on Sutherland's 3-pointer with 5:28 left before the Falcons (2-4) made things interesting late. Meghan Fornaro added 13 points for Coast Guard while Dani Knox had 10 points and eight rebounds and Kaitlin Ward had 11 rebounds and nine points.
• Kate Mulloy had 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists as Mitchell routed Lesley 82-52 in the NECC. Freshman Caycee Williams added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Mariners (2-5, 2-1) while Savannah Boyle added 15 points and Amanda Garcia scored 10.
• Liz Moynihan came off the bench to score 13 points as No. 8 Tufts overcame an early nine-point deficit to defeat Conn College, 63-44, in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Tara Gabelman had 20 points and 12 for the Camels (4-4), her sixth consecutive double-double and 28th of her career.
• Olivia Farrell had a hat trick as Connecticut College beat Stevenson 5-1 for the second straight day. Farrell scored twice in the first period and again in the second period.
Shelley Moore and Erin Sullivan also scored and Ashley Anctil and Leah Kallen had two assists each for Conn (4-2-2).
Katherine Chester (11) and Samantha Kemper combined for 13 saves for Conn.
• Ben Chwick scored two goals and assisted on Nick Lanza's goal in overtime that gave Colby a 4-3 win over Conn College in the NESCAC.
Ryan Mowery, Keith Veronesi and Mike Sinsigalli scored goals for Conn (1-8, 1-5), JC Cangelosi had three assists and goalie Tom Conlin stopped 27 shots.
• Coast Guard freshman Matthew Vieira finished second at the New Standard Invitational in York, Pa.
Vieira went 3-1, losing by pinfall (2:50) to Delaware Valley's Vinny Favra in the final. The Bears finished 10th with 35 points.
Also for Coast Guard, Mike Giorgio went 3-2 at 149 and Nolan Salyer was 2-2 at 184.