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No. 10 Men's Hoops Cruises Past Anna Maria, 97-67, To Win Babson Invitational Title

No. 10 Men's Hoops Cruises Past Anna Maria, 97-67, To Win Babson Invitational Title

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) poured in 27 points and classmate Isaiah Nelsen (North Andover, Mass.) added career highs of 22 points and eight rebounds as 10th-ranked Babson College cruised past visiting Anna Maria College, 97-67, in the championship game of the Babson Invitational Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.

Flannery, who was selected as the Tournament Most Outstanding Player, finished 9-of-18 from the floor, while Nelsen went 9-of-13 on the day to earn all-tournament honors. Sophomore Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.) added a career-best 15 points to go along with nine boards, and junior Matthew Droney (Canton, Mass.) chipped in with eight points, a career-high seven assists and three rebounds for the Beavers.

Senior Pat Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.), who was named to the all-tournament team, finished with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists to lead the Amcats. Classmate Tyler Delorey (Worcester, Mass.) added 14 points and three boards, while junior David Jean-Louis (Miramar, Fla.) and senior Pedro Trindade (Billerica, Mass.) finished with nine points apiece.

The Green and White led just 31-28 late in the first half before closing the stanza with a 13-2 run to build a 14-point lead at the break. Flannery ripped off seven straight points, and Nelsen and Jacks contributed three points apiece to make it 44-30 going into the locker room.

The Beavers pushed its lead to 21 twice early in the second half before Anna Maria used a 10-4 run to pull within 61-47 on a pair of free throws by first-year LK Metz (West Yarmouth, Mass.) with 11:28 to play. Babson wasted little time responding though, as a hoop by Droney and a three-pointer by junior Sam Bohmiller (Franklin, Mass.) ignited a 13-2 spurt that gave the hosts a 74-49 advantage with just under nine minutes to play.

The Green and White shot 52.4 percent (33-of-63) from the floor and outscored the Amcats 48-18 in the paint. The Beavers also finished with a 42-37 edge on the glass.

Anna Maria shot just 31.4 percent (22-for-70) from the floor, and were held to just 27.8 percent after halftime.

Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Lasell at 7 p.m., while the Amcats host Becker in their home opener on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 5-1 all-time against Anna Maria with four of the victories coming in the Babson Invitational Tournament championship game.
• Babson has won 14 straight at home and is 31-4 at Staake Gymnasium going back to the start of the 2014-15 season.
• The Green and White has now won 18 Babson Invitational titles, including five of the last six going back to 2008.