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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. No. 7 MIT

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. No. 7 MIT

Men's Basketball vs No. 7 MIT
Wednesday, January 29 | 7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and MIT will meet for the 80th time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season.
•The Beavers are 55-24 all-time against the Engineers but have dropped three of the last four matchups between the teams. 

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Andrew Jaworski led four Babson players in double figures but then-12th-ranked MIT rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to edge the Beavers in overtime, 94-90, on January 19 in Cambridge.
• 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. Senior A.J. Jurko scored a career-high 37 points and classmate Bradley Jomard added 25 points, 10 boards and seven assists to lead hte Engineers. 

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.
• Bradley Jacks '18 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. 7 MIT (17-2, 7-1 NEWMAC) took down Emerson 96-73 on Saturday afternoon to earn its fifth straight win. 
• Forsythe scored a game-high 22 points, senior Tim Roberts, who recorded 13 rebounds, and Jomard chipped in with 17 points apiece for the Engineers, who shot better than 50 percent for the fifth game in a row. 
• Jurko (19.4 pts, 3.0 reb, 7.3 ast) is averaing 28.0 points in league play, Jomard (18.2 pts, 5.0 reb, 6.2 ast) ranks 15th in the nation in assists, and Roberts (15.6 pts, 11.0 reb) is tied for first in the country with 15 double-doubles and ranks second in Division III in field goal percentage (70 percent).
• The Engineers rank 10th nationally in both field-goal percentage (50.9) and scoring margin (18.3). 

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (12-7, 5-3 NEWMAC) has dropped three straight games after falling to Coast Guard, 76-60, on Saturday.
• Oftring and junior Jack Coolahan both scored 15 points, while first-year Beau Smith added 10 points, six rebounds and two steals for the Beavers, who were unable to rally from a 17-point halftime deficit.
• Jaworski (14.3 pts, 4.3 reb) has reached double figures in four of the last five games, Oftring (13.7 pts, 6.8 reb, 2.3 ast) ranks third in the conference shooting 56.1 percent, and senior Brandon 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 (4.4) and has held its first seven NEWMAC foes to just 32 percent shooting from three-point range.

HERE WE GO AGAIN
• After playing beyond regulation just twice in their first 75 meetings, the last three regular season matchups between Babson and MIT have been decided in overtime.
• Five of the last seven games between the Beavers and Engineers, who have combined to win each of the last five NEWMAC Tournament titles, have been decided by six points or less.

AMONG THE LEAGUE'S BEST
• The Green and White is averaging a NEWMAC-best 10 three-pointers per game, ranks second in three-point field goal defense (32 percent) and is third in field goal percentage (46 percent).
• Coolahan ranks third in three-point field goal percentage (43.9), Oftring is fourth in blocked shots (1.1) and Jaworski is sixth in free throw percentage (80.4).

FOLLOWING FRANK'S LEAD
• Over the last three games, Oftring is averaging 18.0 points and is shooting 66.7 percent inside the arc and 60 percent overall from the floor.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers, who have not dropped two straight games at home in nearly six years, are 67-14 inside Staake Gymnasium going back to February 2013.

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