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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Emerson

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Emerson

No. 1 Men's Basketball vs. Emerson
Saturday, January 28—3 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Emerson will meet for the 24th time on Saturday in a series that goes back to the 1951-52 campaign. The Beavers are 21-2 all-time against the Lions and have won nine straight matchups between the teams.

Senior Isaiah Nelsen and junior Nick Comenale both scored 24 points and combined to shoot 76.9 percent as Babson defeated Emerson, 100-76, on January 4 in Boston. Senior Joey Flannery added 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Beavers, who ripped off a 21-6 run to open the second half after leading by five at the break. Junior Michael Sheng led the Lions with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting.

Carlos Negrete knocked down seven three-pointers and scored a game-high 25 points as the Lions defeated Babson, 69-66, on November 23, 2010, in Babson Park. Bilali Kalilou-Mack netted 13 points for Emerson, which finished 12-for-22 from behind the arc on the night. Russell Braithwaite '13 paced four Beavers in double figures with 16 points.

Emerson (4-14, 0-7 NEWMAC) has dropped its last nine games after suffering a 77-60 loss at Springfield on Wednesday night. Sophomore Geoffrey Gray exploded for 35 points on 11-of-17 shooting for the Lions, who trailed by as many as 27 in the second half. Gray (18.8 pts, 8.1 reb, 3.8 ast) is shooting 46.4 percent on the year, Sheng is averaging 13.2 points and 3.1 assists, and junior John Geary (9.7 pts, 4.0 reb) is shooting 42.0 percent from beyond the arc. Emerson is allowing a league-high 79.1 points per game over its first seven NEWMAC outings.  

No. 1 Babson (17-1, 7-0 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to eight with a 90-81 victory over Clark on Wednesday night. Comenale scored a game-high 22 points, junior Bradley Jacks added 19 and Nelsen finished with 15 points for the Beavers, who shot 57.4 percent and put all five starters in double figures. Flannery (22.7 pts, 6.3 reb, 4.1 ast) has reached double figures in 57 consecutive games, Comenale (17.9 pts, 5.6 reb, 2.4 ast) has made 66 three-point field goals, good for fifth in Division III, and Nelsen (13.7 pts, 6.2 reb) is shooting a league-best 63.9 percent from the floor. The Green and White ranks fifth nationally in scoring margin (16.0) and sixth in three-point field-goal percentage (42.5).

The Beavers have gone 5-0 in Saturday games this season, including a win over then-third-ranked Tufts back on December 3, and have won 29 consecutive Saturday games since the start of the 2014-15 season.

In five games since a 3-of-20 effort from three-point range in a win over Springfield on January 7, Babson has made 54 triples and is shooting 44.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Nelsen, who ranks seventh in Division III in field-goal percentage, has enjoyed success in four career games against Emerson averaging 16.7 points while shooting 68.4 percent from the floor.

Over the last five contests, senior Sam Bohmiller is averaging 10.8 while shooting 51.4 percent overall and 55 percent (11-of-20) from three-point range.

The Beavers have won 31 consecutive games when shooting 50 percent or better as a team.