2016 NCAA Tournament
Selinsgrove Regional—Second Round
No. 16 Men's Basketball at No. 19 Susquehanna
Saturday, March 5—7 p.m.
Orlando W. Houts Gymnasium—Selinsgrove, Pa.
Babson and Susquehanna will meet for the first time on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
BABSON IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Beavers are making their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the program's eight trip to the Division III championship overall. Babson, which reached the sectional semifinals in 2002 and the national semifinals a year ago, is looking to advance to the second weekend of the tournament for the third time in school history.
SUSQUEHANNA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Crusaders, who are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994 and fifth overall, got their first national tournament win since 1986 on Friday night. Susquehanna advanced to the regional championship in 1984 and the national quarterfinals in 1986.
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
No. 19 Susquehanna (24-4) advanced to Saturday's second-round clash by rallying for a 77-73 victory over SUNY Old Westbury on Friday. Junior Steven Weidlich led four players in double figures with 24 points, while senior Brandon Hedley added 20 for the Crusaders, who finished 15-of-31 from three-point range to help erase an 11-point first-half deficit. Senior Josh Miller (17.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG) is shooting 54.9 percent on the year, Weidlich (16.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 3.2 APG) has reached double figures in 26 of 28 games and Hedley (13.1 PPG, 3.3 APG) has knocked down a team-high 79 three-point field goals this winter. Susquehanna ranks 24th nationally in field goal percentage (48.1) and scoring margin (+11.1).
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 16 Babson (22-5) advanced to the second round and collected its 12th straight win by defeating Hartwick, 80-69, on Friday night. Junior Sam Bohmiller led six players in double figures with career-high 22 points and sophomore Nick Comenale added 14 to go along with five steals and three assists for the Beavers, who made 11 triples and scored 22 points off turnovers. Junior Joey Flannery (24.2 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.9 APG) has reached double figures in 39 straight games, classmate Isaiah Nelsen (15.8 PPG, 8.3 RPG) is shooting 60.3 percent from the floor and sophomore Bradley Jacks is contributing 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds. The Green and White ranks 29th in Division III in scoring margin (+10.3) and is 38th in field goal percentage (47.5).
Bohmiller, who set a new Babson NCAA Tournament record with six three-pointers, and Comenale combined to knock down 10 treys in Friday's first-round win over Hartwick.
Junior Charlie Rice played 24 minutes and finished with 10 points and five rebounds on Friday night.
SCORING LEADER LENDS AN ASSIST
Flannery, who passed Tom Groth '84 as the Beavers' career scoring leader on Friday, also dished out a career-high eight assists to set a Babson NCAA Tournament record against Hartwick.
SURVIVE AND ADVANCE
The winner of Saturday's second-round game will face either Amherst or Cortland in a sectional semifinal next Friday.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have won eight straight games away from home and are 19-2 on the road over the last two years.