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Bench Production Carries Men's Hoops Past Clark, 80-67

Bench Production Carries Men's Hoops Past Clark, 80-67

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) led four players in double figures with 17 points as Babson College defeated visiting Clark University, 80-67, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.

With its fourth straight win, Babson improves to 13-8 overall and 8-2 in league play, while Clark slips to 3-18 overall and 0-10 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Nick Comenale (New York Mills, N.Y.) and junior Brandon Johnson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) chipped in with 13 points apiece, while sophomore Julian Alexis (Somerville, N.J.) came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points, all in the second half for the Beavers.

Junior Luca McCormick (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) led all scorers with 19 points, classmate Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) posted 15 points, and first-year Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) logged 14 points and eight assists for the Cougars.

Clark hit nine of its first 14 shots from the floor and built a 21-14 advantage, its biggest of the afternoon, on a layup by Converse with 11:03 to go in the first half. Oftring came off the bench to score seven points and Coolahan drained the first of two three-pointers as Babson used a 12-2 run to go in front 26-23 at the 7:04 mark.

A putback at the buzzer by first-year Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) gave the Green and White a 38-35 edge at the half, and ignited a 9-0 burst that saw the hosts push the lead to 45-35 on a triple by Johnson less than four minutes into the second half. Clark responded though, getting back-to-back trifectas from McCormick, and two buckets apiece from Converse and first-year Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) to pull within 51-49 at the 10:38 mark.

Alexis scored five straight points and Coolahan and Oftring followed with back-to-back triples to push Babson's lead back to 62-52 just over two minutes later. McCormick cut the Cougars' deficit to eight with 5:09 left, but three-pointers by Oftring and Alexis, and a layup by senior Brian Kelley (Potomac, Md.) made it 74-58 with 4:05 remaining.

The Beavers shot 58.6 percent overall (17-of-29) in the second half and were 7-of-14 from distance over the final 20 minutes.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson hosts WPI at 8 p.m., while Clark travels to Emerson at 7 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 33-38 all-time against Clark and have won 12 of the last 14 games between the teams.
• In two games against the Cougars this season, Oftring averaged 17.5 points on 14-of-18 shooting.
• Babson, which shot 51.3 percent in Saturday's win, have shot at least 46 percent in 10 consecutive games since January 3.
• The Beavers, who were 3-of-3 at the free throw line on Saturday, recorded their fewest attempts since a 52-34 NEWMAC Tournament win over Clark on February 20, 2013.