Brunswick, Ga. – The College of Coastal Georgia men's basketball team is still looking to crack the win column in conference play after falling 66-50 Thursday night to Blue Mountain in a Southern States Athletic Conference matchup at Howard Coffin Gym.
The loss dropped the Mariners to 3-11 overall while sending them to 0-5 in early SSAC play.
The Toppers, who were receiving votes for the national Top 25 rankings prior to Christmas, ran their record to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in league games.
Coastal Georgia looked good early, jumping ahead 15-8 in the opening seven minutes and holding a 24-15 lead with 6:35 left before halftime.
But the Mariners saw the Toppers finish the first half on a 12-2 surge that included easy buckets after back-to-back turnovers in the closing seconds for a 27-26 lead going into intermission.
With Coastal Georgia struggling to score early in the second half, the Toppers would increase their lead to 40-30 in the first seven minutes and the visitors would keep a double-digit advantage for all but a brief moment the rest of the game.
The Mariners got as close as 44-35 with just over 12 minutes left.
Blue Mountain was efficient offensively, finishing shooting 47.1 percent (24-51). The Toppers had three players finish in double figures including Conner Helvig who led the team with 16 points.
Coastal Georgia, which shot 40.4 percent (19-47), got a game-best 17 points from Brandon Martin who was 7-for-10 from the field including 3-of-6 from three-point land.
Blue Mountain outscored the Mariners 32-18 in the paint.
Coastal Georgia will be at home again on Saturday for a 4 p.m. matchup with No. 18 William Carey which won 87-52 at Brewton-Parker on Thursday to improve to 9-3 and 3-1.