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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at No. 8 MIT

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at No. 8 MIT

Men's Basketball vs. No. 8 MIT
Wednesday, January 31—8 p.m.
Rockwell Cage—Cambridge, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 76th time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season. The Beavers are 53-22 all-time against the Engineers and have won nine of the last 12 meetings going back to 2014.

Junior Cameron Korb hit the go-ahead three-pointer just over a minute into overtime to help then-No. 9 MIT defeat Babson College, 80-78, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's basketball action on January 20, 2018, in Babson Park. Junior Brandon Johnson scored a then-career-high 20 points to go along with eight rebounds and four assists, and senior Nick Comenale added 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting for the Beavers. First-year Hamilton Forsythe had 25 points, while junior Bradley Jomard finished with 22 points, 11 assists and eight boards for the Engineers. 

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. 8 MIT (17-2, 7-1 NEWMAC) downed Emerson, 77-51, on Saturday at Brown & Plofker Gym. Jomard recorded a season-high 27 points, while Korb and junior AJ Jurko chipped in with 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Engineers, who led by 18 at halftime. Jomard (17.1 pts, 5.9 reb) ranks ninth in Division III in assists, Forsythe (16.6 pts, 3.9 reb) is shooting 48.3 percent from three-point range, good for 14th in the country, and Korb (14.8 pts, 2.9 reb) leads the conference in total three-point free goals made (69). The Engineers rank number two nationally in both scoring margin (20.3) and three-point field-goal percentage (42.0). 

Babson (11-8, 6-2 NEWMAC) extended their winning streak two as they exploded past Coast Guard, 91-64, on Saturday afternoon at Roland Hall. Johnson led five players in double figures with 17 points, while Comenale and first-year Andrew Jaworski both scored 14 points for the Beavers, who shot 60.6 percent in the first half. Comenale (18.2 pts, 5.3 reb) ranks third in the conference with 61 three-point field goals, senior Bradley Jacks (15.2 pts, 5.7 reb) ranks second in the league with 24 blocked shots, and Johnson (12.3 pts, 6.8 reb) is averaging 19.5 points on 62.2 percent shooting over the last four contests. The Green and White ranks 24th nationally in total three-point field goals made (197), and leads the conference with 67 blocked shots.

After scoring eight first-half points, Jacks connected on a short jumper with 7:26 to go in Saturday's win to become the 27th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point mark. After coming off the bench in all 32 games as a first-year in 2014-15, he has averaged 11.7 points while starting 68 of 75 games the last three seasons.

The Babson substitutes combined for 45 points on 18-of-37 shooting (48.6 percent) in victories over Emerson and Coast Guard last week. Sophomore Frank Oftring is averaging 8.6 points on 62.2 percent shooting in league play, senior Brian Kelley connected on seven three-pointers and contributed 13.0 points last week, and graduate Tim Hasbargen put up seven points and pulled down five rebounds against the Bears in just his second appearance after missing 11 games due to injury.

The Green and White has averaged 82.5 points and 1.13 points per possession over its last five games, while connecting on 45 three-point field goals. As good as they have been from distance, the Beavers have also connected on 57.3 percent of their two-point field goal attempts, which includes a 22-of-33 effort at Coast Guard on Saturday.

Five of the last seven games between Babson and MIT have been decided by six points or less.