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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Emerson

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Emerson

Men's Basketball vs. Emerson
Wednesday, January 6—7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Emerson will meet for the 20th time on Wednesday night to open NEWMAC play. The Beavers are 16-2 all-time against the Lions and have won six of the last seven meetings in a series that dates back to the 1951-52 campaign.

LAST MEETING
Junior Joey Flannery finished with 21 points and seven rebounds, while John Wickey '15 added 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting as Babson defeated Emerson, 75-50, on January 31, 2015, in Babson Park. Senior Brian Hurley scored eight points to lead the Lions, who shot just 30 percent on the afternoon.

LAST EMERSON WIN
Carlos Negrete knocked down seven three-pointers and recorded a game-high 25 points as the Lions defeated Babson, 69-66, on November 23, 2010, in Babson Park. Bilali Kalilou-Mack netted 13 points for Emerson, which finished 12-for-22 from behind the arc on the night. Russell Braithwaite '13 paced four Beavers in double figures with 16 points.

SCOUTING THE LIONS
Emerson (5-6, 0-0 NEWMAC) enters league play having won two straight games following Sunday's 73-54 victory over Suffolk. Senior Sean Duffy scored 12 points and sophomore John Geary added 11 for the Lions, who shot 47.6 percent. Senior Austin Pinckney (15.1 PPG, 12.4 RPG) leads the NEWMAC in rebounding, classmate Michael Thorpe is averaging 12.1 points and a team-high 3.6 assists, and fellow senior Tyson Hallowell (9.4 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 2.5 APG) is shooting 49.3 percent from the floor. Emerson has dropped five straight and six of its last seven conference road games.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (6-4, 0-0 NEWMAC) opens conference playing looking to snap a three-game losing skid following an 83-78 loss at Bates last Thursday. Flannery poured in a season-high 35 points to go along with 10 rebounds to record his third straight double-double for the Beavers, who gave up a season-high 44 points in the paint to the Bobcats. Flannery (23.5 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.2 APG) has reached double figures in 22 consecutive games, junior Isaiah Nelsen (17.6 PPG, 9.6 RPG) has posted five double-doubles this year and sophomore Bradley Jacks is contributing 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 55.7 percent.

QUIETING THE ROAR
Flannery is averaging 23.3 points and shooting 62.2 percent from the floor in four career games against Emerson.

FRIENDLY CONFINES
The Beavers have won eight straight and 13 of their last 14 home games against NEWMAC foes going back to 2013-14.

LENDING AN ASSIST
Junior Matthew Droney, who is currently second in the league in assists, has dished out at least four dimes in seven consecutive games.

PRESEASON PROGNOSTICATIONS
The defending regular season and tournament champions, Babson was picked to repeat in the NEWMAC preseason coaches' poll. Emerson was tabbed to finish fifth for a third consecutive season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 5-0 this season when shooting 70 percent or better at the free throw line.

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