The College of Coastal Georgia’s men’s and women’s basketball squads split a doubleheader Saturday against Ave Maria. The Mariner men won 91-80 while the Coastal women fell 72-66 at Howard Coffin Gym.

In the men’s game, Ave Maria opened up a seven-point lead halfway through the first half. Coastal responded with a 21-2 capped off by a Haylen Washington 3-pointer to give the Mariners a 40-28 advantage.

The Gyrenes got back into the groove with a 13-2 run of their own but Coastal ended the first half with a 46-43 lead.

The game was close to start the second half, but Coastal began to pull away after a 10-2 run made it 71-63 Mariners with less than 10 minutes to play. The Mariners followed with an 18-4 run to seize control of the game and secure the win.

Four Mariners were in double figures, led by Jaylen Smallwood’s 22 points. Washington and Vidmantas Kaciuska scored 18 and 15, respectively with Brandon Martin earning a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

In the girls game, the Coastal women struggled out of the gate but cut an early Ave Maria lead down to four by the end of the first quarter.

Coastal’s attempt to cut into the lead were answered by Ave Maria as the Mariner women trailed 36-25 at half. Ave Maria pushed the lead to 16 in the third quarter, but Coastal mounted a 16-2 run to make it a 43-41 game in the third quarter.

Coastal grabbed its first lead on a Danesha Murray layup with less than eight minutes to play in the game, but Ave Maria responded with an 8-2 run to grab the upper hand. The Mariner women cut the lead to two in the final seconds, but Ave Maria iced the win at the free-throw line.

Ronny Felts’ 14 points led Coastal with Brianna Gipson adding 13 points and Murray contributing 12.

Saturday was also Senior Day for both Coastal teams. The men’s team honored Washington and Martin while the women’s team honored Whitney Roberts and Ashleigh Jones.

TENNIS

The 15th-ranked Coastal Georgia men’s tennis team picked up its second victory of the season Saturday, winning on its home court 7-2 over Sun Conference foe St. Thomas.

The doubles teams of Matthew Hulme/Talic Jamela and Brad Dunn/Ben Dolan earned Coastal two of the three doubles points. The Mariners also won five of the six singles matches with Hulme, Dunn, Bolan, Khanyakweze Ramokgopa and Eric Gravelle earning victories.

The 22nd-ranked Mariner women were not as fortunate as No. 25 St. Thomas edged out Coastal 5-4.

The Mariner women won two of the three doubles points behind the teams of Samantha Sepe/Jasmine Carswell and Sonja Wind/Samantha Lasslett, but only won two of the six available singles points. Sepe and Wind won their singles matches with Coastal losing two singles matches in three sets.

GOLF

Coastal Georgia’s golf teams tee off their spring schedule beginning today on St. Simons Island.

The Mariner men will host 22 teams for the Coastal Georgia Winter Invitational taking place today and Tuesday at Sea Island Golf Club’s Retreat Course. Coastal, at No. 5 in the nation, is the highest ranked team in the field, which includes 11th-ranked Keiser. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. today.

The Mariner women will be hosting their version of the Winter Invitational at King and Price Golf Course with 14 teams slated to compete. The women’s tournament is also slated for today and Tuesday.

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