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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Emerson

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Emerson

Men's Basketball vs. Emerson
Wednesday, January 23 | 7:30 p.m.
Brown-Plofker Gymnasium | Boston, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Emerson will meet for the 27th time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to the 1951-52 campaign. The Beavers are 24-2 all-time against the Lions and have won 12 straight matchups between the teams going back to 2011.

LAST MEETING
• Nick Comenale '18 recorded a team-high 24 points as Babson College shot 49.2 percent from the floor to defeat Emerson, 89-82, on February 14, 2018, in Boston.
• Bradley Jacks '18 posted 16 points, sophomore Andrew Jaworski chipped in with 11 points, junior Shyheim Ulrickson scored nine points while going 7-of-9 from the free throw line, and senior Brandon Johnson led the Beavers with 12 rebounds. Senior Geoffry Gray poured in a career-high 47 points to lead the Lyons. 

LAST EMERSON WIN
• Carlos Negrete knocked down seven three-pointers and recorded a game-high 25 points as the Lions defeated Babson, 69-66, on November 23, 2010, in Babson Park.
• Bilali Kalilou-Mack netted 13 points for Emerson, which finished 12-for-22 from behind the arc on the night. Russell Braithwaite '13 paced four Beavers in double figures with 16 points.

SCOUTING THE LIONS
• Emerson (9-8, 4-2 NEWMAC) ended a two-game losing streak by defeating Wheaton, 80-68, on Saturday afternoon.
• Junior Jack O'Connor led all scorers with a game-high 25 points and Gray notched a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds for the Lions, who closed the game with an 18-4 run. 
• O'Connor (20.3 pts, 5.9 reb, 2.2 ast) ranks second in the conference in scoring, Gray (20.2 pts, 9.5 ast, 1.5 stl) has recorded a double-double in four of the first six NEWMAC games, and Waterhouse (15.4 pts, 3.5 reb) is shooting 53.1 percent on the year.
• The Lions are shooting 48.2 percent in conference play and lead the league in both defensive rebounds (29.8) and rebounding margin (+5.0). 

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (12-5, 5-1 NEWMAC) had its six-game winning streak snapped in a 94-90 OT loss at then-No.12 MIT in 94-90 on Saturday afternoon. 
• Junior Frank Oftring scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while classmate Julian Alexis made a season-high four three-pointers and finished with 15 points for the Beavers, who led by as many as 13 early in the second half. 
• Jaworski (15.0 pts, 4.2 reb) is shooting 48.2 percent from the field in conference play, Oftring (13.0 pts, 7.2 reb, 2.4 ast, 1.2 blk) has scored in double figures in seven of the last 10 games while shooting 54.9 percent, and Johnson (12.5 pts, 7.1 reb) leads the team with three double-doubles. 
• The Green and White leads the NEWMAC in blocked shots per game (4.6) and is holding its foes to just 30.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

SUCCESS IN THE LIONS' DEN
• The Beavers have been victorious in each of their last seven trips to Emerson dating back to 2009.
• The Green and White has averaged 80.9 points per game during this span and has scored at least 77 points in all but one contest.

BALANCED BEAVERS
• Over their first six conference games, the Beavers have four players averaging at least 10 points and eight different players have scored in double figures at least once.
• Johnson and junior Jack Coolahan have each led Babson in scoring twice, while Jaworski and first-year James Welch have both been the team's high scorer once in league play.
• Additionally, Babson's subs are averaging 25.7 points per game and have contributed 36.0 points over the last three outings.

LET IT FLY
• The Green and White leads the NEWMAC in both three-point field goals (63) and three-point attempts (168) over the first three weeks of league play. Babson, which is shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc, is the only team in the conference making averaging more than 10 triples per contest.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 12-1 this season when allowing less than 80 points. Emerson is averaging 79.3 points in league play and has scored at least 80 in each of its four NEWMAC wins.

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