McKenzie, Tenn. – The College of Coastal Georgia men's basketball team dropped a 104-93 decision Thursday night at Bethel as the Mariners played for the first time following the Christmas break.
The loss was the third in a row to start the Southern States Athletic Conference schedule for the Mariners (3-9 overall, 0-3 SSAC) while the Wildcats (10-3, 1-2) picked up their first league victory after also losing their first two conference contests earlier this month.
The Mariners trailed 48-39 at halftime after seeing Bethel finish the first half on a 10-1 surge. Coastal Georgia got within 52-45 early in the second half before the Wildcats stretched their lead back to double figures and led comfortably for the remainder of the game.
Bethel's largest lead was 98-76 late in the second half.
Haylen Washington led the Mariners with 23 points in the loss. Jordan Lewis followed with 15 points, Isaiah Gibson and Brandon Martin added 13 each and Jonathan Canada finished with 11.
The Mariners finished the game shooting 48.5 percent (32-66) but committed 26 turnovers and missed 14 free throws in 38 attempts.
Washington led the Mariners with six rebounds. Canada finished with five assists.
For Bethel, Darren Davidson led all scorers with 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting while making 3-of-4 three-point shots.
Andrew Rogan followed with 24 points for the Wildcats while Isaac Edmondson chipped in 20 to give the home squad three 20-point scorers in the win. Justin Scott also tossed in 15 points for Bethel.
Bethel finished with 31 assists as a team while shooting 62.1 percent (41-66) and outscoring the Mariners 60-46 in the paint.
Edmondson led the Wildcats with 10 assists while also topping the team with seven rebounds.
While shooting it well from the field, the Wildcats were only 14-for-32 from the foul line.
Coastal Georgia will play at Martin Methodist on Saturday.