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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Wheaton

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Wheaton

Men's Basketball at Wheaton
Saturday, January 16—3 p.m.
Clark Gymnasium—Norton, Mass.

Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 42nd time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1989-90 season. The Beavers are 30-11 all-time against the Lyons and have won 12 straight in the series going back to 2011.

John Wickey '15 paced three players in double figures with 15 points as Babson raced past Wheaton, 75-50, on February 4, 2015, in Norton. David Mack '15 and Eric Dean '15 both added 11 points for the Beavers, who built a 37-point lead midway through the second half. Mike O'Laughlin scored 13 points to lead the Lyons.

Anthony Coppola and Jaxon Leo each scored 12 points and the Lyons rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to defeat Babson, 70-65, on February 11, 2011, in Babson Park. Russell Braithwaite '13 led all scorers with 16 points to go along with eight rebounds for the Beavers, who led 38-29 at the half.

Wheaton (7-6, 1-2 NEWMAC) has dropped three straight games following Wednesday's 82-60 loss at Springfield. Senior Billy Battaglia scored 15 points and junior Quinton Dale added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Lyons, who trailed by just six at the break. Battaglia (20.3 PPG, 3.4 APG) has reached double figures in eight straight games and is second in the league in scoring, sophomore Ryan Fogarty is averaging 11.5 points and 3.3 boards, and Dale (11.3 PPG, 9.4 RPG) ranks third in the NEWMAC in rebounding.

Babson (9-4, 3-0 NEWMAC) extended its 16-game conference winning streak with a 75-71 overtime victory at No. 12 WPI on Wednesday. Junior Joey Flannery poured in 33 points, while juniors Sam Bohmiller and David Stauffer and sophomore Bradley Jacks all scored 10 points apiece for the Beavers, who built a 20-point second-half lead before rallying late to force OT. Flannery (24.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.2 APG) is eighth in Division III in scoring, junior Isaiah Nelsen (17.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG) is shooting a league-best 63.2 percent and Jacks (11.8 PPG, 5.2 RPG) has reached double figures in six consecutive games.

Flannery, who became just the seventh player in program history to surpass 1,500 points on Wednesday and has reached double figures in 25 straight games, is averaging 31.0 points and 7.8 rebounds over the Beavers' last four games. He also needs just five free throws to pass Jim Pierrakos '92 and Jeff Hines '04 as the school's all-time leader in made free throws.

The post trio of Nelsen, Jacks and Stauffer has combined for 31.6 points and 14.3 boards while shooting 57.8 percent in Babson's first three conference games.

After being selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Week and being named to the Team of the Week, Flannery was one of 100 NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA Division I and II, USCAA Division I and II and NCCAA Division I and II players named to the Bevo Francis Award Watch List by Small College Basketball on Friday.

The Beavers have won 18 consecutive Saturday games going back to the start of last season.