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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Emerson

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Emerson

Men's Basketball vs. Emerson
Wednesday, February 13 | 7:00 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Emerson will meet for the 28th time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to the 1951-52 campaign.
• The Beavers are 24-3 all-time against the Lions and have won 12 of the last 13 matchups between the teams going back to 2011.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Frank Oftring recorded a career-high 24 points but Babson suffered an 86-83 loss to Emerson on January 23 in Boston.
• Sophomore Andrew Jaworski scored 16 points and grabbed five boards, while senior Brandon Johnson contributed 13 points, nine boards and four assists for the Beavers. Senior Geoffrey Gray led four players in double figures with 26 points for the Lions, who outscored the Green and White 25-10 at the free throw line. 

LAST BABSON WIN
• 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, Jaworski chipped in with 11 points, junior Shyheim Ulrickson scored nine points while going 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Gray poured in a career-high 47 points to lead the Lions.

SCOUTING THE LIONS
• Emerson (13-7, 8-4 NEWMAC) has won three straight contests after defeating WPI, 73-70, on Saturday afternoon.
• First-year Jarred Houston tied for a game-high 20 points while grabbing six rebounds, classmate Zach Waterhouse scored 16 points, and Gray chipped in with 15 points, nine boards, and eight assists for the Lions, who got a three-pointer from Nate Martin with 2.9 seconds left to break a 70-70 deadlock.
• Gray (20.2 pts, 9.1 reb, 4.1 ast, 1.5 stl) has five double-doubles in conference play, junior Jack O'Connor (19.4 pts, 5.8 reb, 2.3 ast) has made 13 three-pointers over the last four games, and Waterhouse (16.2 pts, 3.9 reb) is shooting 53 percent on the year.
• The Lions are shooting 48 percent in conference play and are averaging a league-best 80.8 points per game.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (14-9, 7-5 NEWMAC) wrapped up a three-game road trip with an 80-65 win at Wheato non Saturday.  
• Jaworski scored 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting, junior Jack Coolahan buried four three-pointers and finished with 19 points, and classmate Julian Alexis came off the bench to score 11 points for the Beavers, who shot 50.8 percent. 
• Jaworski (14.4 pts, 4.0 reb) is shooting 47.9 percent from the field, Oftring (13.2 pts, 6.6 reb, 2.3 ast) has scored in double figures in five of the last seven games while shooting 55.2 percent, and Johnson (12.1 pts, 6.7 reb) leads the team with three double-doubles. 
• The Green and White ranks third in the NEWMAC in scoring offense (77.3 points) and field goal percentage (47.6). 

JUDGEMENT WEEK
• The Green and White enters the final two games of the regular season as one of five teams fighting for just four spots in next week's NEWMAC Tournament. The lone team to lock up a conference tournament bid is MIT at 10-2, while WPI (8-4), Emerson (8-4), the Beavers (7-5), Coast Guard (6-6) and Springfield (6-6) are separated by just two games.

CHASING DOWN A MILESTONE
• Head coach Stephen Brennan enters Wednesday's contest with 399 career wins. The winningest coach in program history, would become the 36th active coach in Division III to reach the 400-win mark with a victory over the Lions.

NUMBERS GAME
• The Green and White is 11-0 this winter when holding its opponents below 70 points, while Emerson has gone 11-1 when hitting the 80-point mark.

SHOOTERS GOTTA SHOOT
• Babson leads the NEWMAC in three-point field goals (129), three-point field goal attempts (323) and is up to second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (39.9.).
• The Green and White has connected on at least 11 triples in four consecutive games and is shooting 49.5 percent (49-of-99) from deep during this stretch. Leading the way are Jaworski, who is 12-of-18 in his last four outings, and Coolahan, who is connecting at a 55.6 percent (11-of-20) clip.
• The hot streak comes at a good time for the Beavers, who are competing in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge for the third season in a row. The team has already made 38 three's in the month of February while raising nearly $900. Please visit Babson's official team page to pledge your support.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 7-2 this season and 33-5 over the last three years when outscoring the opposition at the free throw line.

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