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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. MIT

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. MIT

Men's Basketball vs. MIT
Wednesday, January 20—7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 69th time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season. The Beavers hold a 49-19 edge all-time and have won five straight against the Engineers over the last two years.

Junior Joey Flannery scored a game-high 18 points and John Wickey '15 posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as top-seeded Babson defeated fourth-seeded MIT, 57-47, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on February 28, 2015, in Babson Park. Leading by four at halftime, the Beavers used a 16-0 run midway through the second half to put the game away. Matt Redfield finished with 12 points and a game-high 17 boards for the Engineers.

Will Tashman led four players in double figures with 17 points as the Engineers cruised past Babson, 69-53, on February 6, 2013, in Babson Park. Redfield and senior Justin Pedley each scored 11 points for MIT, which shot 55.8 percent and built a 26-point lead early in the second half. Russell Braithwaite '13 netted 15 points and senior Travis Sheldon added 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting for the Beavers.

MIT (11-3, 3-1 NEWMAC) has won six of its last seven games following its 73-57 victory over Springfield on Saturday. First-year Bradley Jomard scored 22 points and classmate Adam Jurko added 17 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Engineers, who shot 55.1 percent on the day. Pedley (15.4 PPG, 4.5 RPG) has made a league-high 41 three-point field goals, Jurko is averaing 13.6 points and 4.3 boards, and Jomard (13.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG) has reached double figures in seven consecutive games. MIT ranks fifth nationally in scoring defense (59.8 points) and is second in the NEWMAC in field goal percentage defense (38.3 percent).

Babson (10-4, 4-0 NEWMAC) picked up its fourth straight victory on Saturday afternoon, defeating Wheaton, 92-81. Flannery knocked down six three-pointers and scored a season-high 36 points, while junior Isaiah Nelsen added 13 points and seven points for the Beavers, who is now 5-0 on the year when shooting 50 percent or better. Flannery (25.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 3.1 APG) ranks fifth in Division III in scoring, Nelsen (16.7 PPG, 8.9 RPG) leads the NEWMAC in field goal percentage (63.2) and sophomore Bradley Jacks is contributing 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 55.5 percent. The Green and White is averaging 84.5 points and shooting 48.8 percent, both of which lead the league, over its first four conference games.

Juniors Charlie Rice and David Stauffer, sophomore Nick Comenale and first-year Tyler Colon have combined to score 18.8 points over the Beavers' first four NEWMAC contests. Comenale and Colon combined for 16 points while knocking down four three-pointers at Wheaton on Saturday.

Flannery, who is averaging 32.0 points over the last five games, became the program's all-time leader in made free throws with a 10-of-12 performance at the line on Saturday. He has made 425 free throws in 73 career games, and passed the previous mark of 419 made free throws by Jim Pierrakos '92 and Jeff Hines '04.

The Green and White, which is 9-2 when outrebounding its opponents this season, ranks 11th nationally in defensive rebounds per game (30.79).

Babson is averaging 76.5 possessions per game, while MIT averages 65.4 possessions per contest.

The Beavers are 12-1 in the month of January over the last two years.