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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Clark

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Clark

Men's Basketball at Clark
Saturday, February 2 | 1 p.m.
Kneller Athletic Center—Worcester, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Clark will meet for the 73rd time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1934-35 season.
• The Beavers are 34-38 all-time against the Cougars but have dominated the series as of late winning 13 of the last 15 matchups between the teams.

LAST MEETING
• First-year James Welch scored a career-high 17 points and Babson shot 60.6 percent in the second half on the way to defeating visiting Clark, 81-59, on January 12 in Staake Gymnasium
• First-year Beau Smith finished with 11 points and four boards and sophomore Andrew Jaworski added 10 points for the Beavers. Junior Brendan Kitteridge scored a game-high 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting to lead the Cougars. 

LAST CLARK WIN
• Andrew Musler poured in 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and the Cougars built a 17-point second-half lead before holding off Babson, 71-70, on January 25, 2014, in Worcester, Mass.
• Senior David Mercier added 12 points for Clark, which led 65-48 with 8:51 to go. John Wickey '15 and Joey Flannery '17, who had his potential game-winning shot go in-and-out in the closing seconds, each scored 23 points to lead the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• Clark (5-15, 1-8 NEWMAC) fell to WPI 79-55 on Wednesday evening and has now dropped six consecutive games. 
• Sophomores Anthony Grzemski and Tyler Davern recorded 14 points apiece, while first-year Alex Nazzaire came off the bench to produce 10 points and a team-high six rebounds.
• Davern (15.6 pts, 6.3 pts) has scored in double figures in three of the last five games, Kittredge (13.8 pts, 5.8 reb 2.1 ast) is shooting 52 percent from the floor, and sophomore Biko Gayman (12.5 pts, 2.8 reb, 5.0 ast) ranks second in the conference in assists.
• The Cougars are grabbing a NEWMAC-best 11.2 offensive rebounds per game and rank second in steals per game (7.9).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (12-8, 5-4 NEWMAC) has lost four straight games for the first time since 2013 after falling to MIT, 88-77, on Wednesday night.
• Junior Frank Oftring finished with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while classmate Julian Alexis and Jaworski both added 11 points for the Beavers. 
• Jaworski (14.1 pts, 4.2 reb) has made at least two three-pointers in six of the last nine contests, Oftring (13.9 pts, 6.5 reb) has scored in double figures in eight of the last 10 games while shooting 56.2 percent, and Johnson (12.2 pts, 6.9 reb) is shooting 52.1 percent from the floor on the year.
• The Green and White leads the NEWMAC in blocked shots per game (4.4) and is holding its foes to just 32.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

BEAVERS COMPETE IN COACHES VS. CANCER THREE-POINT CHALLENGE
• Beginning on Saturday, the Beavers will compete in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge. Teams from across the country will square off to see who can make the most triples and raise the most money in the fight against cancer. Fans can support the Green and White by pledging a donation for every three-point field made during the month of February. To make a pledge, please visitBabson's team page and follow the standings to see how it stacks up!

COUGAR HUNTER
• In his last three games against Clark, Oftring has averaged 14.7 points while shooting 77.3 percent (18-of-22) from the floor.

BENCH MOB OWNS THE DAY
• In the January 12 win over the Cougars, Babson's subs scored a season-high 56 points and shot 58.8 percent from the floor. The second unit also combined to make 11 of the team's 13 three-point field goals.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 9-0 this season when holding their opponents below 70 points.

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