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Game Preview: No. 11 Men's Basketball vs. Tufts

Game Preview: No. 11 Men's Basketball vs. Tufts

No. 11 Men's Basketball vs. Tufts
New England Big 4 Challenge Championship Game
Sunday, December 6—3 p.m.
Twohig Gymnasium (Salem State)—Salem, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Tufts will meet for the 39th time in a series that dates back to the 1975-76 season. The Beavers are 12-26 all-time against the Jumbos and snapped a three-game skid in the series with a victory last season.

LAST MEETING
Junior Joey Flannery poured in 31 points to go along with seven rebounds and five steals as Babson edged Tufts, 68-63, in the opening round of the 2014 Big 4 Challenge in Babson Park. John Wickey '15 added 17 points, seven boards and three assists for the Beavers. Junior Tom Palleschi finished with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting for the Jumbos.

LAST TUFTS WIN
Senior Stephen Haladyna led five players in double figures with 13 points as the Jumbos defeated Babson, 83-58, in the consolation game of the 2012 Big 4 Challenge in Waltham. Kwame Firempong added 12 points for Tufts, which outscored the Beavers 53-29 in the second half. Matt Palazini '14 led all scorers with 16 points for the Green and White.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
Tufts (4-2) advanced to the Big 4 Challenge championship game for the first time since 2011 with a 90-77 win over Salem State on Saturday. Sophomore Vincent Pace poured in 25 points and Palleschi added 20 points and 11 boards for the Jumbos, who led by 20 midway through the second half. Pace (15.6 PPG, 5.0 RPG) is shooting 45.9 percent from the floor, Palleschi is averaging 12.3 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds, and Haladyna (11.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG) is shooting 48.9 percent.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 11 Babson (6-1) is back in the Big 4 Challenge title game for the third straight year after Saturday's 75-65 win over Brandeis. Flannery scored 24 points, junior Isaiah Nelsen posted a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and classmate Sam Bohmiller matched his career highs with six treys and 18 points for the Beavers. Flannery (22.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.4 APG) has reached double figures in 19 straight games, Nelsen (16.1 PPG, 10.3 RPG) is shooting 61.5 percent and sophomore Bradley Jacks is averaging 12.0 points and 5.6 rebounds.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
With 24 points on Saturday, Flannery is now 11th all-time in scoring with 1,357 points, and needs just two more free throws to move into fourth place on the school's all-time list.

MAKING THINGS HAPPEN
Junior Matthew Droney, who matched his career high with seven assists in Saturday's win, has finished with at least four assists in five of Babson's seven games, and is averaging 5.2 dimes over the last four contests.

DOMINATING THE GLASS
Nelsen leads the Green and White with four double-doubles this season and is averaging 12.0 boards over the last four games.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 3-0 this season and have won 23 straight games when their opponents shoot below 40 percent.

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