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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Clark

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Clark

Men's Basketball vs. Clark
Saturday, February 3—3 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Clark will meet for the 71st time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1934-35 season. The Beavers are 32-38 all-time against the Cougars but have dominated the series as of late winning 11 of the last 13 matchups between the teams.

Sophomore Frank Oftring scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to help visiting Babson rally for a 68-64 win at Clark on January 12. Senior Bradley Jacks went 7-of-9 from the floor, grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and dished out three assists for the Beavers, while First-year Andrew Jaworski and sophomore Shyheim Ulrickson each scored 12 points. First-year Biko Gayman led all scorers with 20 points for the Cougars. 

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 (3-17, 0-9 NEWMAC) has now lost 14 straight conference games after falling to WPI, 82-74, on Tuesday night. Gayman recorded a game-high 23 points, while classmate Anthony Grzembski logged 15 points for the Cougars, who cut a 19-point first-half deficit down to just two midway through the second half. Junior Luca McCormick (17.4 pts, 6.8 reb) has hit double figures in 10 consecutive games, Gayman (15.5 pts, 2.0 stl) ranks second in the NEWMAC in steals, and first-year Tyler Davern (10.8 pts, 4.5 reb) is shooting 50.6 percent from the floor. Clark leads the NEWMAC in steal per game (7.92), but is allowing conference foes to shoot 53.9 percent from the floor.

Babson (12-8, 7-2 NEWMAC) extended its winning streak to three with an 84-71 overtime victory over No. 8 MIT on Wednesday. Senior Brian Kelley hit a three-pointer with one second to go in regulation and scored seven points in overtime, while Jacks and senior Nick Comenale finished with 24 and 16 points, respectively, for the Beavers, who trailed by five with less than a minute to go in regulation. Comenale (18.1 pts, 5.1 reb, 1.8 stl) ranks second in the conference with 63 three-point field goals, Jacks (15.7 pts, 5.8 reb) is second in the league with 24 blocked shots, and senior Brandon Johnson (12.2 reb, 6.9 reb) is averaging 17.6 points on 57.6 percent shooting over the last five contests. The Green and white ranks 20th nationally in three-point field goals (206), and leads the conference with 76 blocked shots.

Kelley, who is shooting a league-best 52.9 percent from three-point range, is averaging 12.0 points on 10-of-16 from beyond the arc over the last three games. He has also committed just one turnover in 153 minutes of action this season.

Beginning on Saturday, the Beavers will compete in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Teams from across the country will square off to see who can make the most triples and raise the most money in the fight against cancer. Fans can support the Green and White by pledging a donation for every three-point field made during the month of February. To make a pledge, please visit Babson's team page and follow the standings to see how it stacks up!

Comenale has moved into 17th place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,124 points, while Jacks is currently 18th in school history with 479 rebounds. He needs just 21 more boards to become one of 11 players in school annals with more than 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

Over the last five games, the Beavers are shooting 84.3 percent at the free throw line.