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Game Preview: No. 2 Men's Basketball vs. Bates

Game Preview: No. 2 Men's Basketball vs. Bates

No. 2 Men's Basketball vs. Bates
Wednesday, November 30—7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES

Babson and Bates will meet for the 25th time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to 1960. The all-time series is deadlocked at 12-12 with the Bobcats having won each of the last three matchups. 

LAST MEETING
Senior Malcolm Delpeche (21 points, 12 rebounds) and Mike Boornazian (15 points, 10 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles to help Bates defeat Babson, 83-78, on December 31, 2015, in Lewiston, Maine. Senior Joey Flannery poured in 35 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Beavers, who were outrebounded 47-31 in the loss.

LAST BABSON WIN
Kyle McDonald '08 led all scorers with 23 points to go along with five assists as the Beavers defeated Bates, 69-60, in the Babson Invitational Tournament consolation game on November 17, 2007. Zach Etten '09 added 16 points and five assists for the Beavers, who led by double figures for much of the second half.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
Bates (3-1) ran its winning streak to three with a 71-68 victory over the University of New England on Monday night. Sophomore Max Hummel scored a game-high 22 points, senior Malcolm Delpeche added 12 points and 10 boards and classmate Marcus Delpeche led all players with 14 rebounds for the Bobcats, who outscored the Nor'easters 22-9 at the free throw line. Malcolm Delpeche (16.8 pts, 10.0 reb) has posted three straight double-doubles, while Marcus Delpeche (15.5 pts, 11.3 reb) is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor. Hummel is averaging 12.3 points and junior Shawn Strickland is contributing 9.7 points and a team-high 4.0 assists. Bates is holding its opponents to just 39.4 percent shooting through four games.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 2 Babson (6-0) extended its home winning streak to 12 with a 78-74 victory over Bowdoin on Sunday. Flannery finished with 28 points and seven rebounds and junior Nick Comenale added 22 points, seven boards and three assists for the Beavers, who held the Polar Bears to 34.3 percent shooting in the second half. Flannery (23.8 pts, 6.0 reb, 4.3 ast) leads the country in made field goals, while Comenale (18.8 pts, 5.0 reb, 3.3 ast) is shooting 55.3 percent from beyond the arc. Senior Isaiah Nelsen is averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds, junior Bradley Jacks is contributing 9.5 points and 4.5 boards, and senior Sam Bohmiller (6.8 pts, 2.8 rebounds) is shooting 71.4 percent from the field. The Green and White is averaging 88.5 points and has scored 90 or more points in four of its six outings.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
In addition to becoming the program's first 2,000-point scorer in Sunday's win, Flannery is now 11th all-time with 587 rebounds and needs just five more to move into ninth place.

CONFERENCE HONORS FOR COMENALE
Comenale was selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 26.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor in wins over Becker and Bowdoin.

RISING IN THE POLLS
The Beavers collected five first-place votes and picked up 99 points in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll to move up to second. The Green and White will take on top-ranked Amherst next Thursday and could meet third-ranked Tufts on Saturday in the New England Big 4 Challenge.

DOING DAMAGE FROM DEEP
Babson has knocked 66 three-pointers over its first six game, which ranks fourth in Division III. Additionally, the trio of Comenale, Flannery and Bohmiller have knocked down 49 of the team's triples while shooting 51.6 from beyond the arc.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are averaging 47.2 points in the first half over their first six games.

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