Flannery Moves Into Fourth Place On All-Time Scoring List With 25-Point Effort
WORCESTER, Mass.—Junior Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) poured in 25 points to lead three players in double figures as visiting Babson College defeated Clark University, 72-50, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Tuesday night at the Kneller Athletic Center.
With its 14th straight conference road victory, Babson is now 12-5 overall and 6-1 in league play, while Clark drops to 5-13 overall and 2-5 in the NEWMAC.
Flannery was an efficient 10-of-14 from the floor and added four rebounds in just 28 minutes to lead the Beavers. Sophomore Nick Comenale (New York Mills, N.Y.) matched his career high with 14 points, while junior Isaiah Nelsen (North Andover, Mass.) finished with 11 points and eight boards. Classmate Matthew Droney (Canton, Mass.) dished out a game-high six assists in the win.
First-year Luca McCormick (Bradenton, Fla.) finished with 11 points and five rebounds to lead the Cougars, who were held to a season-low 31.1 percent shooting.
After five ties and three lead changes over the first 12 minutes, the Green and White outscored Clark 15-5 to close the opening half. Comenale gave the Beavers a 26-23 advantage with a trey from the left corner, and junior Charlie Rice (Barnstable, Mass.) and Nelsen followed with back-to-back layups to make it 30-23 at the 5:42 mark. The Cougars got within four on a bucket by sophomore John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.), but a hoop by Flannery and two free throws by sophomore Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.) gave Babson a 36-28 lead at the break.
Junior David Mercier (Milford, Mass.) scored on Clark's first possession of the second half before the Beavers took command of the game with a 19-3 run. Five different players scored during the spurt, led by seven points from Comenale, who drilled back-to-back three-pointers to push the Babson lead to 55-33 with 12:09 to play. Flannery knocked down a triple to make it 58-35 at the midway point of the period and then followed a layup by junior David Stauffer (York, Pa.) with consecutive buckets to give the Green and White its biggest lead of the night at 64-38 with 7:07 remaining.
The Green and White shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) overall and went 9-of-17 (52.9 percent) from beyond the arc. The Beavers also finished with a 39-30 edge on the glass and scored 18 points off of 13 Clark turnovers.
The Cougars, who finished 9-of-30 (30 percent) from three-point range, shot just 28.1 percent in the second half.
Both teams return to the hardwood on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson travels to Emerson, while Clark hosts MIT.
• The Beavers are now 28-38 all-time against Clark and have won seven of the last nine matchups between the two teams going back to 2011.
• Flannery, who has now reached double figures in 29 straight contests and has scored at least 20 points in nine straight games, is now fourth on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,634 points.
• Babson has shot 50 percent or better in four of its first seven NEWMAC games, and is shooting 42.7 percent as a team from beyond the arc in conference play.
• The Beavers are 9-1 on the year and have won 28 of their last 30 contests when leading at halftime.