BABSON PARK, Mass.—Juniors Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) and Isaiah Nelsen (North Andover, Mass.) combined for 54 points to help Babson College defeat visiting Springfield College, 91-76, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
With its second consecutive win, Babson is 8-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play, while Springfield, losers of six in a row, drops to 3-9 overall and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.
Flannery scored 23 of his game-high 28 points in the first half and added nine rebounds and two steals, while Nelsen finished with 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go along with seven rebounds and three assists for the Beavers. Sophomore Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.) chipped in with 11 points and five caroms.
Graduate student Josh Altman (Rockport, Mass.) led three players in double figures with 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting for the Pride. Senior Josh Downes (East Sandwich, Mass.) and sophomore Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Flannery scored 18 points in a little more than seven minutes to open the game and the Green and White connected on 11 of its first 15 shots to build a 31-14 on a three-pointer by junior Sam Bohmiller (Franklin, Mass.) with 11:26 to go in the first half. Springfield cut its deficit to 10 at the 7:19 mark, but Babson followed with a 15-6 run that included seven points from Nelsen to take a 53-34 lead into the locker room.
The Beavers scored on six of their first eight possessions to open the second half and took their biggest lead of the afternoon at 66-42 on a three-point play by Jacks with 16:57 to go in the contest. Altman and senior Larry Piretra (Oakland, N.J.) scored 11 points as part of a 13-1 run that helped the Pride get back within 12, but Babson responded by scoring 14 of the next 18 points, including seven from Nelsen, to push its lead back to 81-59 with a little under minutes to play.
Springfield made one last push and got as close as 85-76 on two free throws by sophomore Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) with 1:27 remaining before the Green and White put the game away with scores on its final three possessions.
The Beavers shot 49.3 percent (33-of-67), outscored the Pride 42-36 in the paint and finished with a 42-36 edge on the glass.
Springfield shot 44.9 percent (31-of-69) and scored 12 points off of 10 Babson turnovers.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as the Beavers travel to Worcester to take on 12th-ranked WPI, while the Pride hosts Wheaton.
• Babson has won four straight and five of its last six games against Springfield.
• Bohmiller is shooting 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from three-point range in seven career games against the Pride.
• Flannery, who now has 1,493 points, passed Jeff Hines '04 for eighth place on the program's all-time scoring list, and his five three-point field goals give him 100 for his career, also good for eighth in school history.
• The Beavers improved to 31-4 going back to the start of last season when scoring at least 60 points.