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Game Preview: Men's Basketbal vs. WPI

Game Preview: Men's Basketbal vs. WPI

Men's Basketball vs. No. 19 WPI
Saturday, February 6—2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and WPI will meet for the 74th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1974-75 season. The Beavers are 43-30 all-time against the Engineers and have won each of the last two matchups by four points apiece.

Junior Joey Flannery finished with 33 points, seven rebounds and five assists to help Babson edge then-12th-ranked WPI, 75-71, in overtime on January 13 in Worcester. Juniors Sam Bohmiller and David Stauffer, and sophomore Bradley Jacks all scored 10 points for the Beavers, who built a 20-point second half lead but needed to rally late in regulation to force OT. Senior Clyde Niba paced three Engineers in double figures with 21 points.

Domenick Mastascusa scored 15 points and senior Aaron Davis added 13 points as the Engineers defeated Babson, 67-57, on January 14, 2015, in Babson Park. Sam Longwell added 12 points for WPI, which shot 50 percent and built a 13-point halftime lead. Eric Dean '15 led all scorers with 18 points, while Bohmiller added 15 for the Beavers.

No. 19 WPI (16-4, 6-3 NEWMAC) has dropped two straight games following Wednesday's 56-53 loss to Emerson. Junior Sean Doncaster finished with 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Engineers, who made just five field goals over the final 13 minutes against the Lions. Niba (15.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG) ranks fifth in the NEWMAC in scoring and is shooting a league-best 45.9 percent from beyond the arc, Doncaster is contributing 10.9 points and 3.6 assists, and  junior Ian Converse (10.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG) is shooting 54.5 percent on the year, good for third in the conference.

Babson (14-5, 8-1 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to four with an 86-75 victory over Wheaton on Wednesday night. Flannery paced five players in double figures with 22 points and six rebounds, while junior Isaiah Nelsen added 17 points and 10 boards for the Beavers, who shot better than 50 percent for the fourth straight game. Flannery (24.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.6 APG) ranks 10th in Division III in scoring, Nelsen (16.5 PPG, 8.3 RPG) is shooting a league-best 62.7 percent from the floor and Jacks (12.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG) has reached double figures in eight of his last 10 games.

Flannery, who has reached double figures in 31 straight contests, has averaged 34.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 56.8 percent over the last two games against WPI.

Nelsen, who was held to a season-low two points by the Engineers back in January, ranks 13th nationally in field goal percentage and is second in the league with six double-doubles on the year.

The Green and White, which averages 82.5 points, ranks 21st nationally in field goal percentage (48.7) and has shot at least 44 percent in all nine NEWMAC games, while the Engineers rank fourth nationally in scoring defense (59.4 points) and 20th in field goal percentage defense (39.0).

The Beavers are 11-0 this winter and have won 21 consecutive games when shooting 70 percent or better at the free throw line.