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Game Preview: No. 7 Men's Basketball vs. Worcester State

Game Preview: No. 7 Men's Basketball vs. Worcester State

No. 7 Men's Basketball vs. Worcester State
Saturday, November 17—1 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Worcester State will meet for the seventh time overall and first time since 1999 in the opening game of the Babson Invitational Tournament on Saturday. The Beavers are 5-1 all-time against the Lancers in a series that dates back to 1981.

Wayne Russell scored 14 points and Mario Horton added 11 points and 11 rebounds as Worcester State defeated Babson, 66-56, on February 4, 1999, in Worcester. Mike Kmiec scored a game-high 25 points for the Beavers, who were just 5-of-24 from deep in the loss.

Pete Boretti '85 paced four players in double figures with 18 points as the Beavers defeated Worcester State, 95-85, on February 18, 1985, in Babson Park. Mike Crosby '87 added 13 points and nine rebounds, while Mario Tenaglia '87 finished with 12 points and 11 boards for the Beavers. Ed Grant poured in 33 points to lead the Lancers.

Worcester State (0-1) opened the season with a 92-89 loss to crosstown rival Clark in a game that tipped of just after midnight on Wednesday. First-year Chris Cardoso led five players in double figures with 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Cal Howes and first-year Erik Bjorn chipped in with 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Lancers. Howes, who averaged 9.0 points and 2.2 boards last year, is one of just five returners for Worcester State, which went 10-18 and reached the MASCAC Tournament final last winter. Sophomore Shaun McCarthy averaged 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 25 games off the bench, while junior Aaron Maday and sophomores Jason Traux and Michel Toney combined to make 22 appearances last winter. The Lancers were picked to finish fifth in the MASCAC preseason poll.

No. 7 Babson (1-0) opened the season with a 95-64 victory over Lasell on Wednesday night. Senior transfer Tim Hasbargen scored a team-high 18 points, classmate Nick Comenale added 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and junior transfer Brandon Johnson recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Beavers, who shot 70 percent in the second half. The Green and White returns eight players from a team that went 31-2 and won the Division III national championship last winter. Despite the loss of six seniors, the program brings back three starters in Comenale (16.0 pts, 5.4 reb) and seniors Bradley Jacks (9.5 pts, 4.5 reb) and Chris Lowry (2.7 pts, 2.1 reb). Babson, which has won three straight NEWMAC regular season titles, was picked to finish second in the league's preseason poll.

Sophomore Frank Oftring scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting and classmate Jack Coolahan connected on four of five shots and finished with nine points in just seven minutes in Wednesday's season opener. Fellow sophomore Shyheim Ulrickson added four points and three assists in a career-high 13 minutes, while classmate Julian Alexis pulled down four boards in six minutes off the bench.

After missing their first three-point attempts on Wednesday, the Beavers knocked down 11-of-17 shots from beyond the arc over the final 25 minutes of the game.

The Green and White is 50-12 overall and has gone 27-4 in its opening game of the Babson Invitational Tournament going back the inaugural event in 1981. The Beavers have won their own tip-off tournament 18 times, which includes five of the last six events going back to 2008. Babson will face either Endicott or Regis on Sunday.

The Beavers are 21-2 in the month of November going back to 2013.