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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Springfield

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Springfield

Men's Basketball at Springfield
Wednesday, February 10—7:30 p.m.
Blake Arena—Springfield, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will meet for the 58th time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 season. The Beavers are 19-38 all-time against the Pride but have won four straight and five of the last six meetings going back to 2014.

Junior Joey Flannery scored 28 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while classmate Isaiah Nelsen added 26 points and seven boards as Babson raced past Springfield, 91-76, on January 9 in Babson Park. Sophomore Bradley Jacks added 11 points for the Beavers, who led by 24 early in the second half, while graduate student Josh Altman paced three Pride players in double figures with 17 points.

Sean Martin and Nick Sinkiewicz both scored 17 points, and the third-seeded Pride rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 3:52 of regulation to edge second-seeded Babson, 85-77 in overtime, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on March 1, 2014, in Worcester. John Wickey '15 scored 17 points while Flannery finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Beavers.

Springfield (9-12, 5-5 NEWMAC) has won five of its last seven games following Saturday's 82-76 victory at Wheaton. Altman poured in 29 points and senior Josh Downes added 22 for the Pride, which outscored the Lyons 14-6 over the final 3:02. Altman (15.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG) is eighth in the NEWMAC in scoring, Downes (14.4 PPG, 3.4 RPG) is shooting 50.2 percent from the floor, good for fifth in the conference, and sophomore Andy McNulty is contributing 7.6 points and a team-high 3.4 assists.

Babson (15-5, 9-1 NEWMAC) clinched a spot in the upcoming conference tournament and extended its winning streak to five with a 91-87 double-overtime victory over then-19th-ranked WPI on Saturday. Flannery finished with a season-high 41 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while sophomore Nick Comenale added a career-high 18 points for the Beavers, who saw four players reach double figures. Flannery (25.4 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.8 APG) has reached double figures in 32 straight games, Nelsen (16.4 PPG, 8.5 RPG) has seven double-doubles on the year and Jacks (12.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG) is shooting 58 percent on the year, good for second in the league behind Nelsen.

Flannery, who is averaging 21.0 points in seven career games against Springfield, has scored at least 20 points in 11 of the last 12 contests and is averaging 27.3 points over the first 10 NEWMAC games.

During the Beavers' five-game winning streak, Comenale is shooting 46.9 percent (15-of-32) from beyond the arc and averaging 12.4 points. He has also dished out 16 assists while committing just two turnovers.

Babson, which leads the NEWMAC in field-goal percentage defense, is holding opponents to just 36.8 percent shooting over the last five games.

The Beavers are 4-0 this season and have won 15 straight NEWMAC road games going back to the 2013-14 campaign.