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Game Preview:Men's Basketball vs. Coast Guard

Game Preview:Men's Basketball vs. Coast Guard

Men's Basketball vs Coast Guard
Wednesday, January 24 | p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 82nd time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1972-73 season.
• The Beavers are 55-26 all-time against the Bears and have won 16 straight games between the teams going back to 2012.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Jack Coolahan recorded a career-high 28 points to lead four players in double figures as visiting Babson defeated the Coast Guard Academy, 85-76, on January 9, 2018, in New London, Conn.
• Senior Brandon Johnson finished with 13 points, five boards, and three assists, while junior Frank Oftring scored 12 points to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds and four assists for the Beavers. Junior Noah Baldez scored a career-high 28 points for the Bears, who led by three at halftime.

LAST COAST GUARD WIN
• Jevon James scored 20 points and Kevin Sowers chipped in with 15, including a 9-for-11 effort from the free throw line, helping the fifth-seeded Bears knock off fourth-seeded Babson, 62-53, in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on February 23, 2011, in Babson Park.
• Matt Zoia '11 had 19 points to lead the Beavers, who built a 14-point first-half lead but shot just 34.9 percent on the night.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
• Coast Guard (11-6, 2-5 NEWMAC) downed Wheaton 94-78 on Wednesday evening to win for the second time in its last three outings.
• First-year Tyler Perez came off the bench to record a game-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds, junior Justin Kane poured in 16 points and went for seven boards, and junior Packy Witkowski added 15 points for the Bears, who built a 24-point halftime lead.
• Witkowski (17.3 pts, 6.2 reb, 2.1 ast) has made a league-best 55 three-point field goals, junior Noah Baldez (13.7, 4.2 reb, 3.5 ast, 1.8 stl) is shooting 60 percent in league play, and senior Nolan Benson (13.3 pts, 4.6 reb) is shooting 56.6 percent for the year.
• In six road games, Coast Guard has averaged 86.0 points while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 45.2 percent from beyond the arc.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (12-6, 5-2 NEWMAC) has dropped two straight games after falling to Emerson, 86-83, on Wednesday night. 
• Oftring scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor and sophomore Andrew Jaworski put up 16 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Beavers, who lost for the first time since 2013 when shooting over 50 percent as a team.
• Jaworski (15.1 pts, 4.3 reb) is shooting 47.1 percent in conference play and has reached double figures in four straight games, Oftring (13.6 pts, 6.9 reb, 2.4 ast) ranks fourth in the conference shooting 55.9 percent, and Johnson (12.6 pts, 7.2 reb) leads the team with three double-doubles.
• The Green and White leads the NEWMAC in blocked shots per game (4.5) and has head its first seven NEWMAC foes to just 32.1 percent from three-point range. 

BACK TO BASICS
• During its five-game winning streak to open NEWMAC play, the Beavers gave up just 64.8 points and 0.91 points per possession, while committing 13.0 fouls per game. Their opponents also attempted a total of just 65 free throws.
• In its losses to MIT and Emerson, the Green and White allowed 1.21 points per possession and saw the Engineers and Lions combine to attempt 62 free throws. Babson committed 47 fouls in the two games and were outscored 51-19 at the free throw line.

BEAVERS JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER
• Head coach Stephen Brennan, his coaching staff and the coaches from Coast Guard will be teaming up with the NABC, Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society by taking part in Suits and Sneakers Week on Saturday. Now in its 16th year, the event raises funds and brings attention to the fight against cancer by having coaches wear sneakers with their suits.
• Babson's players will also be wearing gold laces with their sneakers in support of the Go4theGoal Foundation's Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer program. To learn more or to donate, please visit Go4thegoal.org/laceup.html.

AVOIDING BEAR TRAPS
• Over its last five games against Coast Guard, the Green and White has averaged 89.4 points and 1.13 points per possession while shooting 49.7 percent from the floor and 45.7 percent from three-point range.
• The Beavers have scored at least 81 points in all five contests and four of the five victories have come by double-digits.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 7-0 this and 14-1 over the last two years when holding its opponents below 40 percent shooting.

 

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