BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Brandon Johnson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) led all players with 18 points and 10 rebounds and Babson College built a 27-point second-half lead on its way to defeating visiting Wheaton College, 77-65, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night inside Staake Gymnasium.
Babson, which has won six straight games, improves to 12-4 overall and 5-0 in league play, while Wheaton drops to 10-5 overall and 1-4 in the NEWMAC.
Junior Shyheim Ulrickson (Topsham, Maine) and sophomore Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) both scored 11 points, junior Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) added nine, and classmates Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Julian Alexis (Somerville, N.J.) each had eight points apiece for the Beavers. Oftring grabbed eight boards and Alexis contributed three assists and three steals in the win.
Senior David Carbonello (Windham, N.H.) led four Lyons in double figures with 16 points to go along with nine programs and five assists. Classmate Duaka Ekwensi (Morris Plains, N.J.) scored 12 points and juniors Matt Allegrezza (Westwood, Mass.) and Robby Lowey (Foxboro, Mass.) both chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Johnson, Jaworski and Coolahan all hit three-pointers to help the Green and White build a 19-7 lead midway through the first half. The Beavers limited Wheaton to just five field goals over the first 15 minutes and extended its advantage to 30-15 on a pair of free throws by Alexis with 3:05 to go until halftime.
Babson scored on four of its final six possessions before the break and outscored the Lyons 23-8 over the opening 8:06 of the second half to build a commanding 27-point lead. Ulrickson followed layups by Oftring and Jaworski with a three-pointer to make it 46-27 at the 15:50 mark, and Johnson converted a pair of layups around another triple by Jaworski to push the Beavers' advantage to 53-30 with 13:42 remaining.
Coolahan drained a triple and Johnson and sophomore Matt Pattyson (Doylestown, Pa.) added buckets to give Babson a 60-33 edge, its largest of the night, with 11:54 to go. Wheaton would not go away quietly as Carbonello and Ekwensi combined for 15 points during a 24-8 run that cut the deficit to 68-57 with 4:27 to go. Ulrickson answered with a three-point play and a driving layup on back-to-back possessions to extend the margin back to 13 with 1:49 left, and the Green and White went 4-of-5 at the free throw line over the final 59 seconds to close out the victory.
The Beavers shot 47.5 percent on the night and outscored Wheaton 40-28 in the paint. The Lyons, who shot just 27.6 percent in the first half and 38.6 percent for the game, finished with a 37-30 edge on the glass.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to 12th-ranked MIT at 2 p.m., while Wheaton hosts Emerson at 11 a.m.
• The Beavers are 35-14 all-time against Wheaton and have won 17 of the last 19 meetings between the programs.
• Babson is 5-0 in NEWMAC play for the second time in three years but just the third time since 2001.
• The Beavers are 8-1 this season when at least three players score in double figures.
• The Green and White is now 10-1 on the year when shooting 70 percent or better at the free throw line.