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Tournament Preview: Men's Hoops Hosts 33rd Babson Invitational Tournament Beginning on Saturday

Tournament Preview: Men's Hoops Hosts 33rd Babson Invitational Tournament Beginning on Saturday

Babson Invitational Tournament
Men's Basketball vs. Maine-Farmington
Saturday-Sunday, November 17-18
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SETUP
• The Beavers will host the 33rd edition of the Babson Invitational Tournament on Saturday and Sunday inside Staake Gymnasium. The Green and White will take on Maine-Farmington at 1 p.m., while Endicott and Suffolk will meet at 3 p.m.
• Sunday's consolation game is set for 1 p.m. and will be followed by the tournament championship game at 3 p.m.

BATTLE OF THE BEAVERS
• Babson and Maine-Farmington will meet for just the second time on Saturday. The Green and White won the only previous meeting between the programs, 53-51, at the Colby Invitational back on December 3, 2005, in Waterville, Maine.

SCOUTING ENDICOTT
• The Gulls (2-0) knocked off a top-10 team for the second year in row with their 90-73 win over fifth-ranked MIT on Thursday.
• Junior Keith Brown scored 19 points, Mathew Catizone added 16 and sophomore Matt McDevitt finished with 14 points and four assists for Endicott, which connected on 21 three-pointers.
• Brown (34.0 pts, 3.5 reb) has 12 triples in two games, McDevitt is averaging 14.0 points and 5.5 assists, and Catizone (9.5 pts, 3.0 ast) is shooting 55.6 percent from beyond the arc.
• The Gulls return 16 players, which includes four starters, from a team that went 19-9 and reached the CCC Tournament final last season.

SCOUTING SUFFOLK
• The Rams (2-0) have won two straight to start the year for the first time since 2010 after rallying for a 71-69 victory at Brandeis on Wednesday.
• Junior Thomas Duffy scored 21 points and sophomore Brendan Mulson added 17 points and eight rebounds for Suffolk, which erased a 16-point second-half deficit and got the game-winning bucket from Duffy with less than a second to go.
• Mulson (18.0 pts, 5.5 reb) and senior Michael Hagopian (17.0 pts, 2.5 reb) are both shooting better 60 percent from the floor, while Duffy is contributing 16.0 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 boards.
• The Rams return all five starters and a total of 10 players from a team that reached the GNAC Tournament semifinals after going 15-12 last year.

SCOUTING MAINE-FARMINGTON
• The Beavers (1-0) opened the season with a 96-64 rout of Maine-Machias on Tuesday night behind junior Riley Robinson, who scored 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting.
• Senior Milani Hicks finished with 15 points and junior Amir Moss added 13 for Maine-Farmington, which shot 53.9 percent from the floor, held a 62-28 edge in paint scoring, and took advantage of 31 points off of turnovers.
• Robinson (15.2 pts, 6.0 reb), Hicks (14.6 pts, 7.6 reb) and junior Bill Ruby (13.6 pts, 5.7 reb) are three of five returners that averaged double figures in scoring last year.
• The Beavers return four starters and 10 players in all from a team that finished at 14-13 overall after reaching the NAC Tournament semifinals last season.

SCOUTING BABSON
• The Beavers (1-1) evened their record with an 82-58 win at Lasell on Wednesday night.
• Sophomore Andrew Jaworski finished with 19 points, junior Frank Oftring added 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting and senior Brandon Johnson recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards for Babson, which pulled away with a 17-4 run to start the second half.
• Jaworski is averaging 25.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists, Johnson (12.0 pts, 7.5 reb) is tied for the team lead with three steals, and Oftring (11.0 pts, 8.5 reb) has shot 66.7 percent over the first two contests.
• The Green and White returns nine players from a team that went 15-11 overall and reached the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals last winter.

TOURNAMENT FACTOIDS
• The Beavers are 51-13 all-time and have won 18 of the previous 32 Babson Invitational Tournament titles.
• Endicott is making it third straight BIT appearance, Suffolk returns to the event for the 12th time overall and first since 2002, and Maine-Farmington made its only other Babson Invitational appearance back in 1997.
• Babson has taken home five of the last seven titles dating back to 2008, and has won eight consecutive first round games since suffering a 52-50 loss to Connecticut College back in 2007.
• Endicott defeated the Beavers, 90-80, in the 2017 BIT championship game.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 67-11 inside Staake Gymnasium going back to the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

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