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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. No. 9 MIT

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. No. 9 MIT

Men's Basketball vs. No. 9 MIT
Saturday, January 20—3 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 75th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season. The Beavers are 53-21 all-time against the Engineers and have won nine of the last 11 matchups going back to 2014.

Junior Bradley Jomard finished with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals to help then second-seeded MIT edge top-ranked Babson, 67-62, in the NEWMAC Tournament championship game on February, 26, 2017, at Staake Gymnasium. Joey Flannery '17 led all players with 25 points for the Beavers, who cut a 16-point deficit down to one with less than two minutes to go. 

Senior Nick Comenale buried a three-pointer from the left corner with 1.1 seconds remaining to closeout a 13-0 run as the Beavers rallied defeat MIT, 70-67, on February 18, 2017, at Staake Gymnasium. Flannery led four players in double figures with 21 points for Babson, which trailed by as many as 19 points early in the second half. Tim Butala led all scorers with 22 points for the Engineers. 

No. 9 MIT (14-2, 4-1 NEWMAC) had its 11-game winning streak snapped in a 68-65 loss to Springfield on Wednesday night. Jomard finished with 21 points, six assists and five reboundson, first-year Hamilton Forsythe recorded 16 points and junior Cameron Korb chipped in with 14 points for the Engineers, who trailed by as many as 15 early in the second half. Forsythe (16.3 pts, 3.8 reb) is shooting 54.5 percent from the floor and has reached double figures in 10 straight outings, Jomard (15.9 pts, 5.4 reb, 1.3 blk) ranks 14th in Division III in assists, and Korb (15.3 pts) ranks third nationally with 59 three-point field goals. The Engineers are third in in the country in scoring defense (61.3) and fourth in field-goal percentage (51.5).

Babson (9-7, 4-1 NEWMAC) suffered its first conference road loss since 2014 in an 89-77 setback at Wheaton on Wednesday night. Comenale led the Beavers with 23 points, junior Brandon Johnson posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards, and sophomore Shyheim Ulrickson logged 12 points and six assists for the Beavers, who got outscored 22-8 over the final seven minutes. Comenale (18.8 pts, 5.3 reb) ranks 19th nationally with 54 three-point field goals, senior Bradley Jacks (16.0 pts, 6.3 reb, 1.6 blk) is shooting 51.7 percent from the floor, and first-year Andrew Jaworski (11.0 pts, 3.7 reb) is averaging 13.2 points on 54.8 percent shooting in conference play. The Green and White ranks 30th nationally in total three-point field goals (161) and 36th in field goal percentage (48.3). 

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Comenale, who scored 19 first-half points in Wednesday's loss at Wheaton, has taken over sole possession of second place on the program's all-time three-point list with 218 career triples. He also ranks 23rd in scoring with 1,063 points.

Johnson, who leads the team with four double-doubles this winter, ranks fourth in conference play pulling down 8.0 boards per game. Additionally, he is first in offensive rebounds per contest (3.2), which includes grabbing a season-high seven on Wednesday at Wheaton.

Despite allowing 1.20 points per possession in Wednesday's loss, the Green and White ranks first in NEWMAC play in field goal percentage defense (42.2), three-point field goal defense (30.3), steals (8.0) and points per possession (0.95). MIT enters Saturday's tilt leading the league in scoring (81.4 points) and points per possession (1.18) through five games.

The Beavers have won 42 straight games on Saturday going back to the start of the 2014-15 campaign.