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Game Preview: No. 1 Men's Basketball at Clark

Game Preview: No. 1 Men's Basketball at Clark

No. 1 Men's Basketball at Clark
Saturday, February 11—3 p.m.
Kneller Athletic Center—Worcester, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Clark will meet for the 69th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1934-35 season. The Beavers are 30-38 all-time against the Cougars and have won nine of the last 11 matchups between the teams.

LAST MEETING
Junior Nick Comenale scored a game-high 22 points and all five starters reached double figures as the Beavers defeated Clark, 90-81, on January 25 in Babson Park. Classmate Bradley Jacks scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while senior Isaiah Nelsen added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting for Babson. Junior John Pisacreta knocked down five three-pointers and scored a team-high 21 points for the Cougars.

LAST CLARK WIN
Andrew Musler poured in 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and the Cougars built a 17-point second-half lead before holding off Babson, 71-70, on January 25, 2014, in Worcester, Mass. Senior David Mercier added 12 points for Clark, which led 65-48 with 8:51 to go. John Wickey '15 and senior Joey Flannery, who had his potential game-winning shot go in-and-out in the closing seconds, each scored 23 points to lead the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
Clark (13-9, 5-6 NEWMAC) have lost two straight at home after suffering a 73-68 loss to Wheaton on Wednesday. Senior David Mercier finished with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and classmate Joe Atkinson added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars, who went just 11-of-21 at the free throw line. Pisacreta (12.9 pts, 3.1 reb, 2.8 ast) is averaging 16.0 points in conference play, sophomore Luca McCormack is averaging 12.1 points and 4.4 boards, and Atkinson (11.8 pts, 7.5 reb, 3.9 ast) is shooting 46.1 percent from beyond the arc.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 1 Babson (21-1, 11-0 NEWMAC) used a 26-3 second-half run to defeat Springfield, 95-77, for its 12th consecutive win on Wednesday. Flannery finished with 36 points and 10 rebounds, while Jacks chipped in with 12 points and 10 boards for the Beavers, who shot 15-of-29 from distance. Flannery (22.3 pts, 6.9 reb, 4.0 ast) ranks 22nd nationally in scoring, Comenale (16.8 pts, 5.5 reb, 2.2 ast) ranks seventh in Division III with 77 three-pointers this winter, and Nelsen (12.9 pts, 6.2 reb) is shooting 64.9 percent from the floor, good for fifth in the country. The Green and White, which ranks fifth nationally in scoring margin, has won its last six games by an average of 18.2 points.

LET IT FLY
With 15 three-pointers against Springfield on Wednesday, the Beavers matched the 1995-96 team's school record of 206 triples. Babson, which is taking part in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge throughout February, have made 29 triples over their first three games this month. Please visit Babson's team page to make your donation in the fight against cancer.

SHOOTING UP THE RECORD BOOKS
Comenale, who has knocked down 10 three-pointers over the last two games, is now tied with Mark Giovino '98 for second place on the program's single-season list with 77 trifectas. Giovino set Babson's single-season record with 88 triples during the 1996-97 campaign.

ON THE MARK
Nelsen has connected on 77.1 percent of his shots (27-of-35) over the last six games and currently ranks fifth among active Division III players with a 62.3 percent career shooting percentage.

ANOTHER RECORD IN HIS SIGHTS
Flannery, who is first in program history in both points (2,338) and made free throws (615), needs just four field goals to pass Tim Vincent's '73 record of 775 that has stood for over 40 years.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have won 24 consecutive NEWMAC road games since falling at Clark, 71-70, back on January 29, 2014.

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