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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Bowdoin

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Bowdoin

Men's Basketball vs. Bowdoin
Sunday, November 25 | 2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium| Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Bowdoin will meet for the 39th time on Sunday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1974.
•The Beavers are 17-21 all-time against the Polar Bears, who have won five of the last seven matchups between the teams.

LAST MEETING
• Babson's Bradley Jacks '18 poured in a career-high 32 points, but Bowdoin put four players in double figures and defeated the then-seventh-ranked Beavers, 80-71, on November 26, 2017, at Morrell Gymnasium.
• Senior Jack Simonds scored 22 points, classmate Jack Bors finished with 15 and junior David Reynolds added 14 to go along with four rebounds and three assists for the Polar Bears.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Joey Flannery '17 scored 28 points and surpassed 2,000 points for his career as the Beavers fended off Bowdoin, 78-74, on November 27, 2016, in Babson Park.
• Nick Comenale '18 added 19 of his 22 points in the second half for Babson, which held a 38-12 edge in paint scoring.

SCOUTING THE POLAR BEARS
• Bowdoin (2-1) scored 69 points in the first half and coasted to a 114-94 win at UNE on Tuesday evening.
• Reynolds scored a game-high 26 points, including 6-8 from three-point range, to go along with five rebounds, while sophomore Zavier Rucker added 23 points, eight assists and five rebounds for the Polar Bears, who shot 58.8 percent.
• Reynolds is averaging 25.3 points and 4.0 rebounds, Rucker (19.0 pts, 3.7 reb) is shooting 71 percent from the floor, and fellow sophomore Sam Gard (13.0 pts, 4.0 reb) has logged six blocked shots in three games.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (2-2) lead Endicott 50-34 at the end of the first half, but the Gulls rallied to defeat the Beavers, 97-88, in the championship game of the Babson Invitational Tournament last Sunday inside Staake Gymnasium.
• Sophomore Andrew Jaworski led four players in double figures with 21 points, while junior Julian Alexis scored a career-high 19 points to go along with seven rebounds for Babson, which outrebounded Endicott 43-29. 
• Jaworski is averaging 23.5 points, 6.8 boards, and 2.3 assists, senior Brandon Johnson (11.8 pts, 7.3 reb) is shooting 54.1 percent from the floor, and Alexis (10.8 pts, 5.3 reb), who went 3-for-4 from behind the arc in his last outing, has reached double-figures in scoring in two of the last three games.

BUCKETS FROM THE BENCH
• Sophomore Matt Pattyson and first-year Colin Bradanese combined for 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench in Sunday's loss. Pattyson scored a career-high 10 points and Bradanese matched his season-high with seven points, all in the first half.

DOWN TO THE WIRE
• Five of the last seven games between Babson and Bowdoin have been decided by five points or less with the home team winning having won eight of the last nine meetings going back to 2009. 

BLOCK PARTY
• The Green and White has blocked at least four shots in each of its first four games and ranks 11th in Division III with an average of 6.0 blocks per contest.

GETTING TO THE LINE
• The Beavers have attempted at least 19 free throws in three of their first four outings, which includes a season-high 32 in the season opener at Johnson & Wales on November 11 and 24 in last Saturday's win over Maine-Farmington.
• Last season, Babson attempted 19 or more free throws in just seven of 26 contests.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are pulling down 13.0 offensive rebounds and averaging 13.0 second-chance points through their first four games.

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