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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Clark

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Clark

Men's Basketball at Clark
Saturday, January 13—1 p.m.
Kneller Athletic Center—Worcester, Mass.

Babson and Clark will meet for the 70th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1934-35 season. The Beavers are 31-38 all-time against the Cougars but have dominated the series as of late winning 10 of the last 12 matchups between the teams.

Senior Nick Comenale scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half as then-top-ranked Babson College rolled to a 77-50 victory over Clark on February 11, 2017, in Worcester. Senior Bradley Jacks scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, while Joey Flannery '17 finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, all in the first half, for the Beavers.

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 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.

Clark (3-11, 0-3 NEWMAC) has now lost eight straight conference games after suffering a 101-63 setback at Springfield on Wednesday afternoon. Junior Luca McCormick recorded a team-high 10 points, while classmate Adam Converse and first-year Tyler Davern and Biko Gaymen all chipped in with eight points apiece. McCormick (18.1 pts, 7.1 reb) has logged double figure points in 12 of 14 games this season, Gayman (15.5 pts, 4.2 ast, 2.4 stl) is second in the conference in steals and third in assists, and Davern (13.3 pts, 5.1 reb) is shooting 53.1 percent from the floor.  Clark is giving up 87.4 points and opponents are shooting 52.2 percent, which ranks 411th in Division III.

Babson (8-6, 3-0 NEWMAC) picked up its 26th straight regular season NEWMAC win with an 81-65 victory over Coast Guard on Wednesday. Comenale scored 22 points, Jacks added 20 in just 17 minutes and sophomore Frank Oftring scored a career-high 16 points to go along with six rebounds for the Beavers, who closed the game with a 30-14 run. Comenale (19.4 pts, 5.1 reb) ranks 14th in Division III with 49 three-point field goals, Jacks (16.0 pts, 6.3 reb) is shooting 51.7 percent from the floor, and first-year Andrew Jaworski (11.4 pts, 3.6 reb) ranks second in the league shooting 51.1 percent from beyond the arc. As a team, the Green and White is shooting 48.4 percent from the floor which is good for 35th nationally. 

In addition to owning the second longest regular season conference winning streak in Division III behind top-ranked Whitman, the Green and White has also won 41 consecutive Saturday games and 26 in a row on the road in NEWMAC play. Ironically, the Beavers last road loss in league play was a 71-70 setback at Clark on January 15, 2014.

Over the last four games, junior Brandon Johnson is averaging 12.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He has recorded a pair of double-doubles during this stretch and is shooting 44.7 percent from the floor.

Senior Brian Kelley, who has not committed a turnover in 77 minutes of action this season, had three points, four assists and three rebounds in a career-high 21 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's win against Coast Guard.

The Beavers are averaging 1.16 points per possession while allowing just 0.88 points per trip against their first three conference opponents.