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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at No. 12 MIT

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at No. 12 MIT

Men's Basketball vs. MIT
Saturday, January 19 | 2 p.m.
Rockwell Cage | Cambridge, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and MIT will meet for the 78th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season.
•The Beavers are 54-23 all-time against the Engineers and have won 10 of the last 13 matchups going back to 2014.

LAST MEETING
• Senior A.J Jurko scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to go along with 11 assists as third-seeded MIT downed second-seeded Babson, 70-61, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on February 24, 2018, in Springfield, Mass.
• Bradley Jacks '18 scored 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting, while senior Brandon Johnson added 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go along with five rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Beavers. 

LAST BABSON WIN
• Brian Kelley '18 hit a three-pointer with one second to go in regulation and scored seven of his 10 points in overtime as visiting Babson defeated then-No. 8 MIT, 84-71, on January 31, 2018, at Rockwell Cage.
• Jacks finished with 24 points and eight boards, while Nick Comenale '18 recorded 16 points on the night for the Beavers. Jurko had 24 points and sophomore Hamilton Forsythe added 18 for the Engineers, who led by five with under a minute to go in regulation.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• No. 12 MIT (13-2, 4-1 NEWMAC) has won two straight games after recording a wire-to-wire 77-59 victory over Springfield on Wednesday night.
• Senior Bradley Jomard finished with 24 points and three steals, while classmate Tim Roberts posted 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Engineers, who built a 20-point halftime lead.
• Jomard (17.5 pts, 5.9 ast, 4.7 reb) has scored in double figures in five of six conference games, Jurko (17.4 pts, 7.9 ast, 3.1 stl) is first in Division III in assists, and Roberts (16.0 pts, 10.8) has posted a league-high 13 double-doubles on the year.
• The Engineers rank ninth in the country in scoring margin (18.8) and lead the NEWMAC in field-goal percentage (50.6).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (12-4, 5-0 NEWMAC) put away Wheaton 77-65 to pick up its sixth straight win on Wednesday night inside Staake Gymnasium.
• Johnson led all players with 18 points and 10 rebounds, junior Shyheim Ulrickson and sophomore Andrew Jaworski both scored 11 points, and junior Jack Coolahan scored nine as the Beavers built a 27-point second-half lead against the Lyons.
• Jaworski (14.5 pts, 4.2 reb) is shooting 50 percent from the field in conference play, Johnson (13.1 pts, 7.1 reb) leads the team with three double-doubles, and junior Frank Oftring (12.9 pts, 7.2 reb, 1.3 blk) has scored in double figures in seven of the last 10 games while shooting 55 percent.
• The Green and White leads the NEWMAC in blocked shots per game (4.8) and is holding its foes to just 30.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

FAMILIAR FOES READY FOR NEXT CHAPTER
• Babson and MIT have hooked up in the postseason in each of the last four seasons and have met a total of 12 times since 2015.
• Four of the last six games have been decided by six points or less and both of last year's regular season contests were decided in overtime.
• The Beavers (2015, 2016) and Engineers (2014, 2017, 2018) have combined to win each of the last five NEWMAC Tournament titles.

SHIFTING LOYALTIES
• Matthew Droney '17, who played a key role in Babson's 2017 national championship and its run to the 2015 Division III Final Four, joined the MIT staff as an assistant coach over the summer.
• Droney was part of 83 victories in 94 games during his three-year career in Babson Park, which includes a 7-2 record against the Engineers.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
• Satruday's contest will be played on the 89th anniversary of the first game in men's basketball program history for Babson.
• On January 19, 1931, the Beavers (then known as Financeers) suffered a 32-29 to the Wollaston Ramblers inside Peavey Gym. 

RAISING HIS GAME
• In three outings against MIT last season, Johnson averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 59.4 percent from the floor.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have won 32 of their last 34 road games in conference play and have won each of their last five trips to MIT.

 

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