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Game Preview: No. 3 Men's Basketball vs. Endicott

Game Preview: No. 3 Men's Basketball vs. Endicott

No. 3 Men's Basketball vs. Endicott
Sunday, November 20—2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Endicott will meet for just the third time overall and first time since 2004 on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers are 2-0 all-time against the Gulls.

CJ Enere scored 20 points and Jeff Hines added 14 points and five rebounds as Babson defeated Endicott, 66-56, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 4, 2004, in Beverly. Nemanja Marinkovic led all players with 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting for the Gulls.

Endicott (1-0) opened its season with an 86-56 victory over Anna Maria on Saturday afternoon. Senior Kamahl Walker paced five players in doubles figures with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, while both senior Stephen Badsen and sophomore Joe Shehadi added 12 points for the Gulls, who finished 15-of-33 (45.5 percent) from three-point range. Endicott returns 13 players, including all five starters from a team that went 19-11 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last winter. Walker earned all-region honors after averaging 20.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists, while seniors Max Motroni (17.5 pts, 4.6 reb, 2.8 ast) and Daquan Sampson (12.7 pts, 8.5 reb) were both named to the All-CCC second team a season ago.  

No. 3 Babson (3-0) extended its home winning streak to nine with a 99-49 victory over Anna Maria on Friday night. Senior Joey Flannery finished with 17 points, four rebounds and four assists, while juniors Nick Comenale and Bradley Jacks scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Beavers, who set a new single-game school record by shooting 70.4 percent from the floor. Flannery (24.0 pts, 6.0 reb, 5.7 ast) is shooting 61 percent, Comenale (15.0 pts, 3.3 reb, 2.7 ast) is 11-of-16 from three-point range and Jacks is averaging 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in three starts. The Green and White enters Sunday's contest with seven players averaging 6.7 points or better over its first three contests.

Flannery, who became the school's all-time leading scorer last season and has reached double figures in 42 straight games, needs just 58 points to become the first player in program history to reach 2,000 career points.

The Beavers are averaging 96.7 points and are shooting 57.1 percent from the floor as a team over their first three games. The Green and White is also averaging 9.7 three-point field goals per game and has scored 42 or more points in four of six halves thus far.

Senior Charlie Rice (6.7 points), sophomore Tyler Colon (6.7 points) lead a deep group of Babson substitutes that are averaging 28.6 points in three games this season. Rice and Colon also combined to score 17 consecutive points in the second half of Friday's win against Anna Maria.

The Beavers are 14-1 over the last two years when making at least seven three-point field goals.