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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Brandeis

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Brandeis

Men's Basketball vs. Brandeis
New England Big 4 Challenge
Saturday, December 2—1 p.m.
Cousens Gym—Medford, Mass.

Babson and Brandeis will meet for the 43rd time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1974-75 season. The Beavers are 20-22 all-time against the Judges and 2-2 in four previous New England Big 4 Challenge contests going back to 2010.

Joey Flannery '17 led all players with 24 points, while classmate Sam Bohmiller knocked down six three-pointers and matched his career high with 18 points as then-11th-ranked Babson defeated Brandeis, 75-65, in the opening round of the New England Big 4 Challenge on December 5, 2015, in Salem, Mass. Isaiah Nelsen '17 added 18 points and 13 boards for the Beavers, while Jack Fay led the Judges with 11 points. 

Derek Retos scored a game-high 17 points and Youri Dascy finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds to help the Judges edge Babson, 61-53, in the 2011 Big 4 Challenge consolation game on December 4 in Salem. Marcus McDermott scored 13 points to lead the Beavers.

Brandeis (1-3) followed up its only win of the season with a 76-70 loss to UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday. First-year Lawrence Sabir scored 26 points for the second game in a row, while senior Nate Meehan and first-year Chandler Jones added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Judges, who led by as many as 17 in the first half. Sabir (17.5 pts, 3.3 reb, 3.0 ast) is shooting 58.5 percent from the floor, senior Latye Workman (12.8 pts, 10.0 reb) leads the team in rebounds and blocked shots, and sophomore Eric D'Aguanno is averaging 12.5 points and 5.3 boards. Opponents are shooting 45.4 percent overall and 40.2 percent from distance against Brandeis. 

Babson (3-3) is looking to bounce back from an 85-81 loss at Albertus Magnus on Wednesday. Senior Nick Comenale finished with 23 points and four assists, while classmate Bradley Jacks added 15 points and five rebounds for the Beavers, who were unable to hold onto a 13-point first-half lead. Comenale (18.2 pts, 5.4 reb) ranks 13th in Division III with 21 three-point field goals, Jacks (18.3 pts, 5.0 reb, 1.7 blocks) is shooting 61.6 percent from the floor, and graduate student Tim Hasbargen (11.0 pts, 4.7 reb) scored 14 points on Wednesday against the Falcons. The Green and White has shot better than 44 percent in each of its first six contests and ranks 46th nationally in field goal percentage (49.6). 

The Beavers (2013, 2014, 2016) and Judges (2009, 2010, 2012) have combined to win six of the previous eight Big 4 Challenge championships.

The Green and White has won 39 consecutive games on Saturday, a streak that has spanned three full seasons and dates back to a 91-69 victory over Salve Regina on November 15, 2015.

Sophomore Shyheim Ulrickson came off the bench to finish with career highs of 13 points and five assists in 32 minutes at Albertus Magnus on Wednesday. Additionally, first-year Andrew Jaworski played a career-high 15 minutes and chipped in with four points and one rebound against the Falcons.

Senior Chris Lowry ranks 14th in Division III in total assists (30) and is averaging 5.0 assists over the first six games, which is good for 64th in the country.

The Beavers will face either Tufts or Salem State on Sunday afternoon in Medford. The Big 4 Challenge consolation game tips off at 1 p.m. and will be followed by the championship game at 3 p.m.