Game day. The Beavers started the day off with Starbucks then Jersey Mike's again for pre-game food. After that, the team enjoyed the walk through in the hotel and got ready to head over to the University of Chicago for our game. Bradley Jacks came out hot, scoring the first 6 points for Babson after being heckled by an Irish Chicago fan. Despite Jacks' hot start, UChicago held their own and was up three at the half. We started the second half strong with a Joey Flannery dunk straight down the lane on the first possession. David Stauffer helped the Beavers gain the lead with 6 second half points. A thick dunk by Nick Comenale and a three by Sam Bohmiller extended our lead to 75-58 late in the second half. Babson finished off the win with free throws down the stretch, and Flannery capped off the trip by yelling "Happy new year!" after his final points of the day. After the game, we dined at Seven Ten, a restaurant/bowling alley. Everyone enjoyed their meal before driving to the airport and safely returning to Boston.
It was a restful morning for the Babson Beavers until we got our Jersey Mike's pre-practice sandwiches. Then we rode over to the University of Chicago to get a high energy practice in before our game. After practice, the team walked over to a nearby Italian restaurant, Volare. Following dinner, the we walked around Chicago for a bit and went to the 5 floor Nike store. Finally, the team went back the hotel to watch Michigan and Florida State play in the Orange Bowl and get a good night's sleep for the game tomorrow.
The Beavers were up and at 'em for a 7 am practice before heading to Logan Airport to catch their noon flight to Chicago. After safely touching down in, the team got rental vans and rolled out. A smooth journey so far, aside from Coach Gagnon getting a cone stuck in the tire backing out of the rental dealership.
The Beavers then got a tour of the United Center, where the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks both play. They got to know the arena, saw a room of Bulls memorabilia, and talked about the business side of the organization. After that, the team dropped their luggage off at the hotel and was ready to walk 6 blocks to Portillo's, which had been suggested by a few people, but the Windy City lived up to its name and was too cold to make that walk, so we switched up to Shake Shack across the street. After that, we headed back to the hotel to watch the the Celtics vs. Cavaliers game and go to bed.
-Shyheim Ulrickson '20
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