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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton

Men's Basketball at Wheaton
Saturday, January 10 —2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 47th time in a series that dates back to the 1989-90 campaign. The Beavers are 34-13 all-time and have won 16 of the last 17 against the Lyons.

Senior Ryan Fogarty scored a game-high 31 points and Wheaton closed the game with a 22-8 run in an 89-77 victory over Babson on January 17 in Norton, Mass. Juniors Duaka Ekwensi scored 17 points and David Carbonello added 16 points for the Lyons, who shot 50.8 percent and snapped the Beavers' 27-game NEWMAC road winning streak. Senior Nick Comenale scored 19 of his team-high 23 points in the first half for the Green and White. 

Joey Flannery '17 finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to help then-top-ranked Babson defeated Wheaton , 78-64, on February 1, 2017 at Emerson Gymnasium. Isaiah Nelsen '17 and Charlie Rice '17 added 14 and 11 points, respectively, for the Beavers, who led by as many as 25 in the second half. Fogarty paced the Lyons with 16 points.

Wheaton (13-9, 5-6 NEWMAC) shot 45.8 percent from the floor to edge Springfield, 76-70, on Thursday night at Emerson Gymnasium. Senior Liam Bruno recorded a team-high 19 points, junior Riley Tetreault had 16 points and nine boards, and Fogarty chipped in with 15 points as the Lyons avenged a 23-point loss to the Pride back in January. Fogarty (18.3 pts, 4.8 reb) ranks third in the conference in scoring and third with 101 made free throws, Bruno (15.5 pts, 3.5 reb) is averaging 18.0 points over his last four games, and junior Duaka Ekwensi (11.5 pts, 6.1 reb) is shooting 55.8 percent from the floor. Wheaton is shooting 47.6 percent and averaging 77.5 points in NEWMAC play.

Babson (14-8, 9-2 NEWMAC) collected its fifth straight win after downing WPI, 68-59, on Wednesday night inside Staake Gymnasium. First-year Andrew Jaworski paced five players in double figures with a game-high 16 points, while sophomore Shyheim Ulrickson netted 13 points and four assists for the Beavers, who gained separation with a 15-3 run early in the second half. Comenale (17.5 pts, 5.1 reb) ranks 38th nationally with 67 three-point field goals, senior Bradley Jacks (15 pts, 5.8 reb, 1.5 blk) is shooting 50 percent from the floor, and and junior Brandon Johnson (12.2 pts, 6.8 reb) is averaging 14.4 points and 7.0 boards in league play. The Green and White, which leads the NEWMAC in blocked shots per game (3.8), ranks 26th nationally shooting 48.5 percent as a team. 

Prior to Saturday's game, Babson will honor its four-man senior class and graduate student Tim Hasbargen. In addition to helping the Beavers win the 2017 Division III national championship, seniors Comenale, Jacks, Brian Kelley and Chris Lowry reached the Final Four in 2015 and have been a part of three NEWMAC regular season titles and two conference tournament championships.

Babson has put four players into double figures in scoring in each of the last six games going back to January 20, which includes all five starters scoring between 11-16 points on Wednesday against WPI. Additionally, the Green and White has four players averaging double figures in league action and six players recording better than 7.3 points per game.

Going back to 2013, the Green and White has 29 straight regular season games in the month of February. The Beavers' last loss during this stretch was a 69-53 setback to then-No. 23-MIT on February 6, 2013.

The Beavers are 9-0 this season when holding their opponents below 70 points.