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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton

Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton
Wednesday, January 16 | 7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 48th time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to the 1989-90 campaign.
• The Beavers are 34-14 all-time and despite dropping both matchups last season have won 16 of the last 18 against the Lyons.

LAST MEETING
• Ryan Fogarty '18 hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:40 to go as visiting Wheaton defeated Babson , 76-69, on February 10, 2018, inside Staake Gymnasium.
• Nick Comenale '18 finished with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go along with five rebounds and five assists, while Bradley Jacks '18 added 14 points and four blocks for the Beavers. Liam Bruno scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Lyons. 

LAST BABSON WIN
• Joey Flannery '17 finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and five assists to help then-top-ranked Babson defeat 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. 

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Wheaton (10-4, 1-3 NEWMAC) is looking to snap a three-game losing streak after falling to then-No. 8 MIT, 84-69, on Saturday afternoon.
• Senior David Carbonello finished with 23 points and five boards, classmate Duaka Ekwensi recorded 16 points and seven rebounds, and senior Riley Tetreault came off the bench to score 14 points for the Lyons, who got outscored 32-16 over the final 10 minutes. 
• Ekwensi (18.1 pts, 6.4 reb) has reached double-figure points in 13-of-14 games, Carbonello (15.2 pts, 4.8 reb, 2.1 stl) is shooting 50 percent on the year to go along with eight steals in the last four games, and Tetreault (12.2 pts, 7.5 reb) ranks fifth in the conference in rebounds.
• The Lyons, who are averaging a league-low 60.5 points in NEWMAC play, rank first in the conference in both free-throw percentage (77.2) and rebounding margin (5.9).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (11-4, 4-0 NEWMAC) shut down Clark 81-59 to pick up its fifth straight win on Saturday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.
• The Bench contributed 56 points as first-year James Welch scored a team-high 17 points to go along with seven boards, classmate Beau Smith scored a career-high 11 points, and sophomore Andrew Jaworski added 10 against the Cougars.
 Jaworski (14.8 pts, 4.3 reb) is shooting 50 percent from the field against conference opponents, junior Frank Oftring (13.2 pts, 7.1 reb, 1.2 blk) has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games while shooting 56 percent, and senior Brandon Johnson (12.7 pts, 6.9 reb) is shooting 51.7 percent from the floor in all games.
• The Green and White leads the NEWMAC in blocked shots per game (4.7) and is holding its foes to just 29.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

OFTRING COLLECTS WEEKLY HONORS
• After posting a double-double (12 points, 15 rebounds) in Wednesday's win at Coast Guard and averaging 10.5 points, 9.0 boards, 1.5 blocks and one steal, Oftring was selected as the NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
• He currently ranks third in the league in blocked shots (1.2) and seventh in rebounding (7.1).

THREE AT A TIME
• Over its first four league outings, Babson ranks first in the NEWMAC in three-point field goals (43) and three-point field goal attempts (109), and is shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks third.
• The Beavers have made at least nine triples in each of their four games and connected on 13 in Saturday's win over Clark.

RELYING ON ITS DEFENSE
• The Green and White ranks 34th in Division III in adjusted defense according to the Division III Efficiency Rankings and is allowing 0.95 points per possession on the year.
• Babson has been even better in conference play where it gives up just 0.92 points per possession and has limited its first four opponents to just 22.2 percent shooting from three-point range.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 9-1 this season when shooting at least 70 percent at the free throw line.

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