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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Springfield

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Springfield

Men's Basketball vs. Springfield
Saturday, February 16 —1 p.m.
Blake Arena—Springfield, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will meet for the 63rd time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 campaign. The Beavers are 24-38 all-time against the Pride but have won nine straight and 10 of the last 11 games between the teams.

Senior Nick Comenale scored 28 points and became the 26th player in program history to surpass 1,000 points as Babson defeated visiting Springfield ,83-60, on January 3, 2018 at Staake Gymnasium. First-year Andrew Jaworski finished with 19 points and was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc, junior Brandon Johnson had 14 points and seven boards, and senior Bradley Jacks chipped in with 12 points for the Beavers. Sophomore Jake Ross led the Pride with 27 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and five steals. 

Sean Martin and Nick Sinkiewicz both scored 17 points, and the third-seeded Pride rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 3:52 of regulation to edge second-seeded Babson, 85-77 in overtime, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on March 1, 2014, in Worcester. John Wickey '15 scored 17 points while Flannery finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Beavers.

Springfield (17-7, 11-2 NEWMAC), which is sixth in the NCAA regional rankings, has won two straight games after handing WPI an 81-74 loss on Wednesday. Ross led the team with 28 points and eight boards, classmate Heath Post recorded 22 points, and junior Cam Earle logged 13 points for the Pride, which rallied from an 18-point first-half deficit. Ross (24.0 pts, 9.9 reb, 3.9 ast) is shooting 49.9 percent and ranks 13th in Division III in scoring, Post (12.2 pts, 8.8 reb, 1.5 blk) leads the NEWMAC with 36 blocked shots, and Andy McNulty (12.0 pts, 3.1 ast) is shooting 44 percent from three-point range over the last eight games. The Pride leads the NEWMAC in both field-goal percentage (49.7 percent) and field goal percentage defense (41.4) in league play.

Babson (15-9, 10-3 NEWMAC) is looking to close out the regular season with a win after defeating Emerson, 89-82, on Wednesday night. Comenale recorded a team-high 24 points, Jacks posted 16 points, and Johnson grabbed 12 boards for the Beavers, who shot 49.2 percent and led by as many as 26 in the opening half. Comenale (18.0 pts, 5.1 reb) ranks 29th in Division III with 76 three point-field goals, Jacks (15.0 pts, 5.6 reb, 1.4 blk) is second in the NEWMAC with 31 blocks, and Johnson (12.0 pts, 7.0 reb) has reached double figures in eight of the last nine games to go along with a team-high four double-doubles on the year. The Green and White ranks 25th nationally with 245 three-point field goals and 27th in field-goal percentage (48.2). 

The Beavers are looking to collect a share of their fourth consecutive NEWMAC regular season title and would host next weekend's conference tournament with a victory on Saturday. Springfield, which captured a share of its first league title since 2005, can earn the top seed in the tournament for the first time since joining the NEWMAC in 1998 with a win on Saturday.

After becoming the 27th player in program history to reach 1,000 points in a win over Coast Guard back on January 27, Jacks needs just three boards to reach 500 for his career. Currently only 10 players in Babson history have surpassed 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.

The Green and White, which ranks 28th in both three-point field goals per game and three-point field goal percentage, have connected on 10.5 triples at a 40 percent clip in conference play. Additionally, it is shooting 55.5 percent inside the arc and averaging 1.09 points per possession.

The Beavers are have won 30 of their last 31 NEWMAC road games, which includes four straight at Blake Arena going back to 2014.