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Second-Half Rally Helps No. 1 Men's Hoops Edge MIT, 71-65

Second-Half Rally Helps No. 1 Men's Hoops Edge MIT, 71-65

Beavers Collect 21st Straight NEWMAC Road Win to Match 1968-69 Team for Best Start in School History

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Isaiah Nelsen (North Andover, Mass.) led four players in double figures with 18 points and top-ranked Babson College shot 65.4 percent in the second half to erase a 15-point deficit on its way to defeating MIT, 71-65, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Rockwell Cage.

With its sixth consecutive victory, Babson (15-1, 5-0 NEWMAC) matches the 1968-69 team for the best start in school history, while MIT, which saw its six-game winning streak come to an end, falls to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while junior Nick Comenale (New York Mills, N.Y.) also scored 13 points, which included a trio of three-pointers over the final six minutes for the Beavers. Classmate Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.) added 12 points and senior Sam Bohmiller (Franklin, Mass.) contributed nine points, all in the second half, to go along with five boards, three assists and three steals.

Sophomore Cameron Korb (Los Gatos, Calif.) made four triples and paced four Engineers in double figures with 14 points. Classmate Tim Roberts (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) came off the bench to score 11 points and pull down a game-high 12 rebounds in the loss.

The Green and White, which shot just 25.7 percent in the first half and trailed by 13 at the break, was down 15 with 13:25 to play in the game before ripping off a 23-8 run over the next eight minutes. Flannery and senior Matthew Droney (Canton, Mass.) both hit three-pointers to trim the Beavers' deficit to 44-39 with 11:03 left, and Comenale followed another Flannery trifecta with consecutive triples of his own to pull the visitors even at 50-50 with 5:21 to go in the contest.

Roberts converted a three-point play on MIT's next possession, but Jacks sandwiched hoops around three-pointers by Comenale and Bohmiller to give Babson a 60-55 lead with 3:18 remaining. The Engineers closed within one twice, but a driving layup by Bohmiller and a spinning finish in the lane by Nelsen kept the Beavers in front 64-61 with 38 seconds left.

The Green and White went 7-of-8 from the free throw line over the final 20 seconds to seal its 21st consecutive NEWMAC road win.

The Beavers shot 45.3 percent for the game and went 7-of-12 from beyond the arc after missing all 10 of their first-half three-point attempts.

MIT shot 45.5 percent on the night and held a 34-27 edge on the glass, but committed 20 turnovers, its most since a November 26 win over Sarah Lawrence.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson travels to Coast Guard, while MIT visits Emerson.

•    The Beavers are now 52-20 all-time against the Engineers and have won eight of the last nine meetings going back to 2014.
•    Babson's 17 first-half points were its fewest since scoring 17 against MIT in a 50-39 NEWMAC Tournament semifinal loss on February 28, 2009.
•    The Beavers have won their first five conference games for the first time since 2001.
•    Babson is now 12-1 this season when making at least seven three-point field goals.