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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Clark

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Clark

Men's Basketball at Clark
Tuesday, January 26—7 p.m.
Kneller Athletic Center—Worcester, Mass.

Babson and Clark will met for the 66th time on Tuesday night in a series that dates back to the 1934-35 season. The Beavers are 27-38 all-time against the Cougars but have won six of the last eight matchups since 2011.

Junior Joey Flannery scored 24 of his game-high 31 points in the second half and overtime as Babson rallied to defeat Clark, 77-73, on February 14, 2015, in Worcester. John Wickey '15 added 17 points and five rebounds for the Beavers, who trailed by as many as 16 early in the second half. Andrew Musler and Nicholas DaPrato combined to score 48 points for the Cougars.

Musler poured in 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, and the Cougars built a 17-point second-half lead before holding off Babson, 71-70, on January 25, 2014, in Worcester, Mass. Junior David Mercier 12 points for Clark, which led 65-48 with 8:51 to go. Wickey and Flannery, who had his potential game-winning shot go in-and-out in the closing seconds, each scored 23 points to lead the Beavers.

Clark (5-12, 2-4 NEWMAC) has dropped three straight games following Saturday's 72-67 loss at Springfield. Juniors Lamar Berk and Joe Atkinson both score 15 points to lead the Cougars, who drained nine three-pointers but shot just 37.3 percent overall in the loss. Senior Tyler Huffman is averaging 12.5 points and has connected on a team-high 30 triples this winter, first-year Luca McCormick (11.9 PPG, 4.1 RPG) is shooting 41.8 percent from the floor and Berk is contributing 9.6 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds. Clark is 2-0 at home in league play and has won four straight at the Kneller Center going back to December 29.

Babson (11-5, 5-1 NEWMAC) regained a share of first place in the conference standings with a 100-90 overtime victory over Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon. Flannery scored 26 points and fellow junior Isaiah Nelsen added 22 points and seven rebounds for the Beavers, who shot 56.3 percent against the Bears. Flannery (25.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.9 APG) ranks seventh in Division III in scoring, Nelsen (16.8 PPG, 8.4 RPG) is shooting a league-best 63.4 percent on the year and sophomore Bradley Jacks is contributing 11.4 points and 5.0 boards while connecting on 55.5 of his attempts from the floor. The Green and White has won 13 straight NEWMAC games on the road going back to its one-point loss at Clark in 2014.

Junior Charlie Rice scored four of his career-high 16 points in overtime on Sunday against Coast Guard, while sophomore Nick Comenale, who made his first career start, drilled four three-points and matched his career high with 14 points.

Flannery, who went over the 1,600-point plateau on Sunday, and Michael Kingsley '97 are the only two players in Babson history with more than 1,600 points, 100 three-point field goals and 100 steals. Flannery needs just 13 points to pass Kingsley (1,621) for fourth place on the school's all-time scoring list.

The Green and White is averaging 1.12 points per possession in NEWMAC play and lead the conference in  scoring offense (84.0 points), field goal percentage (49.4), three-point field goals (47) and made free throws (99).

The Beavers are 8-1 this season and have won 27 of their last 29 games when leading at halftime.