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Game Preview: No. 7 Men's Basketball at Bowdoin

Game Preview: No. 7 Men's Basketball at Bowdoin

No. 7 Men's Basketball at Bowdoin
Sunday, November 26—2 p.m.
Morrell Gymnasium—Brunswick, Maine

Babson and Bowdoin will meet for the 38th time on Sunday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1974. The Beavers are 17-20 all-time against the Polar Bears, who have won four of the last six matchups between the teams.

Joey Flannery '17 scored 28 points and surpassed 2,000 points for his career as the Beavers fended off Bowdoin, 78-74, on November 27, 2016, in Babson Park. Senior Nick Comenale added 19 of his 22 points in the second half for Babson, which held a 38-12 edge in paint scoring. Simonds finished with 28 points for the Polar Bears.

Lucas Hausman (33 points) and junior Jack Simonds (29 points) combined for 14 points in overtime as Bowdoin edged Babson, 88-84, on November 29, 2015, in Brunswick, Maine. Senior Bradley Jacks produced the first double-double of his career with 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds for the Beavers, who trailed by as many as 17 in the second half.

Bowdoin (3-0) stayed unbeaten with a 120-93 win over the University of New England in its home opener on Tuesday night. First-year Sam Grad led six players in double figures with 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting and sophomore David Reynolds added 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Polar Bears, who outscored the Nor'easters 66-20 in the paint. Reynolds (15.3 pts, 6.7 reb) is shooting 45.7 percent, Simonds (15.3 pts, 6.7 reb) was held under double digits in scoring for just the third time in 32 contests on Tuesday, and junior Hugh O'Neil (11.0 pts, 12.0 reb) has recorded two double-doubles in three starts. Bowdoin its holding its foes to just 37.4 percent shooting.

No. 7 Babson (3-1) bounced back from its first loss with an 83-66 victory at Becker on Tuesday afternoon. Comenale poured in a season-high 27 points and Jacks added 16 points to go along with three blocked shots for the Beavers, who led by as many as 26 in the second half. Comenale (21.3 pts, 5.5 reb) has connected on 16 three-pointers in four games, Jacks is averaging 15.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks, and graduate student Tim Hasbargen (11.5 pts, 4.8 reb) is shooting 58.1 percent from the floor. The Green and White has limited its first four opponents to 35.3 percent shooting overall, which ranks 21st in Division III, and just 27.4 percent from beyond the arc.

The Beavers enter the weekend ranked 31st in Division III with a +11.5 rebounding margin. Six players are averaging better than 4.5 boards per game and are led by junior Brandon Johnson who is averaging 7.5 caroms and has pulled down 10 on two occasions this season.

The Green and White has won 17 of its last 18 road games and is 22-1 away from home going back to January 10, 2016. The Beavers have won nine straight games in opposing gyms, which is good for the fourth longest winning streak behind top-ranked Whitman (17), fourth-ranked Hanover (11) and No. 14 Christopher Newport (10).

Five of the last seven games between Babson and Bowdoin have been decided by five points or less with the home team winning six times going back to 2010. The Green and White is 12-6 in games decided by five points or less going back to the start of the 2015-16 campaign.

The Beavers have shot 40 percent or better in eight straight games and 40 of their last 41 contests going back to February 28, 2016.