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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Albertus Magnus

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Albertus Magnus

Men's Basketball vs. Albertus Magnus
Wednesday, November 29—7 p.m.
Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center —New Haven, Conn.

Babson and Albertus Magnus will meet for the second year in a row and second time overall. The Beavers beat the Falcons in last year's season opener in Babson Park.

Joey Flannery '17 finished with 33 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as then-third-ranked Babson rallied to defeat visiting Albertus Magnus, 101-81, on November 15, 2016, at Staake Gymnasium. Senior Nick Comenale added 20 points for the Beavers, who outscored the Falcons 59-33 in the second half. Senior Jaqhawn Walters paced Albertus with 22 points, eight boards and four assists.

Albertus Magnus (1-1) picked up its first win of the season by rallying past WPI in overtime, 77-73, in its home opener on Saturday. Junior Mason Jones led all scorers with 26 points and Walters added 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Falcons, who took their first lead 17 seconds into the extra session. Walters (23.0 pts, 10.0 reb) is shooting 50 percent and has reached double figures in 49 of the last 50 games, Jones (22.0 pts, 3.0 reb) leads the team with seven steals, and junior Ryan Pittman (14.0 pts, 3.5 reb, 3.0 ast) is shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Albertus returns 11 players from a team that went 23-5 and reached the NCAA Tournament last winter.

Babson (3-2) had its nine-game road winning streak snapped in a 80-71 loss at Bowdoin on Sunday afternoon. Senior Bradley Jacks netted a career-high 32 points to go along with seven rebounds, while junior Brandon Johnson added 14 points for the Beavers, who never led in the game. Jacks (19.0 pts, 5.0 reb, 1.6 blocks) is shooting 62.3 percent from the floor, Comenale (18.2 pts, 5.4 reb) has connected on 16 three-point field goals, and graduate student Tim Hasbargen (10.4 pts, 5.0 reb) has pulled down at least six rebounds in three consecutive games. The Green and White has limited its first five opponents to 29.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc and just 37.5 percent overall.

Jacks was selected as the NEWMAC Offensive Co-Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks while shooting 70.4 percent from the floor as the Beavers split a pair of road games. 

Despite Sunday's loss at Bowdoin, the Beavers have won 18 of their last 20 road games going back to the 2015-16 campaign. Their toughest may come Wednesday though, as Albertus Magnus owns Division III's second longest home winning streak at 19 games, and has won 84 of its last 87 at "The Nest" dating back to December 8, 2011.

In three victories this season, Babson has limited its foes to just 0.73 points per possession. The Beavers have not been as successful on the defensive end in their two losses, allowing 1.18 points per possession to Endicott and Bowdoin.

The Green and White, which was ranked seventh in the preseason poll, was one of nine teams to drop out of the top 25 on Monday. After being ranked in 20 straight editions of the poll since February 14, 2016, Babson has the most points among 27 teams to receive votes outside the top 25.

The Beavers have knocked down at least eight three-pointers in each of their last eight games going back to last season.