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

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

No. 3 Men's Basketball vs. Bowdoin
Sunday, November 27—2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Bowdoin will meet for the 37th time on Sunday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1974. The Beavers are 16-20 all-time against the Polar Bears, who have won four of the last five contests between the teams.

Lucas Hausman (33 points) and sophomore Jack Simonds (29 points) combined for 14 points in overtime as Bowdoin edged Babson, 88-84, on November 29, 2015, in Brunswick, Maine. Junior Bradley Jacks produced the first double-double of his career with 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds for the Beavers, who trailed by as many as 17 in the second half.

Senior Joey Flannery scored a game-high 19 points and classmate Sam Bohmiller drained six three-pointers and finished with 18 points as the Beavers topped Bowdoin, 68-48, on December 1, 2014, in Babson Park. John Swords posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin (2-1) enters its fourth straight road game coming off a 60-52 win over the University of New England on Tuesday. Simonds finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and junior Liam Farley had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards for the Polar Bears, who closed the game with an 8-0 run. Simonds (26.3 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.7 ast) is shooting 47.3 percent, Farley is averaging 11.7 points and 5.0 rebounds and sophomore Tim Ahn (10.0 pts, 6.7 ast) is connecting on 57.9 percent of his field goal attempts. Classmate Hugh O'Neil, who pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds against UNE, is averaging a team-best10.7 boards.

No. 3 Babson (5-0) extended its home winning streak to 11 with a 91-57 rout of Becker on Tuesday. Junior Nick Comenale tied a single-game record with eight three-pointers and finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and five assists, while Flannery added 25 points, seven boards, four assists and four steals for the Beavers, who buried 18 triples and shot 50 percent from beyond the arc. Flannery (23.0 pts, 5.8 reb, 4.6 ast) has reached double figures in 43 straight contests, Comenale (18.2 pts, 4.6 reb, 3.4 ast) is averaging 4.4 three-point field goals per game and senior Isaiah Nelsen (10.0 pts, 4.4 reb) is shooting 68.6 percent from the floor.

The Beavers rank third nationally in scoring margin (26.8), eighth in assists (22.4), 10th in field-goal percentage (53.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.81), and 11th in three-point field goal percentage (47.9).

2,000 WATCH
Flannery, who became Babson's all-time leading scorer in his 86th career game last season, needs just 15 points to become the first player in program history to reach 2,000 career points. He is also just 57 points behind former women's star Nicki Wurdeman '12, who totaled 2,042 points in 120 games.

After going unbeaten in five games in the span of eight days, the Green and White will close the first semester with five contests against some of the top teams in the region. In addition to games against the Polar Bears and Bates, Babson will also visit top-ranked Amherst on December 8 and could potentially match up with fifth-ranked Tufts at the New England Big 4 Challenge next weekend.

The Beavers, who are limiting their foes to just 38.2 percent shooting, have allowed just 59.5 points over the last four games while holding four consecutive opponents under 39 percent shooting.

The Beavers have gone 22-2 since January 6, 2016, with 17 of the victories coming by double digits.