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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Springfield

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Springfield

Men's Basketball vs. Springfield
Saturday, February 16 | 2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 65th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 campaign.
• The Beavers are 25-39 all-time against the Pride but have won 11 of the last 13 games between the programs.

LAST MEETING
• Babson rallied from a 10-point deficit over the final eight minutes and junior Jack Coolahan drained a three-pointer from the right corner with one secondremaining to help the Beavers defeat the Pride, 67-64, on January 2 in Springfield.
• Junior Frank Oftring added 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Andrew Jaworski scored 12 points for the Green and White. Junior Jake Ross led three players in double figures with 15 points for Springfield. 

LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
• Ross led four players in double figures with 23 points and the Pride used a 26-6 second-half run to defeat Babson, 77-65, on February 17, 2018, in Springfield.
• Junior Heath Post added 18 points and 14 rebounds for Springfield, while Nick Comenale '18 led the Beavers with 19 points.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (10-14, 7-6 NEWMAC) downed WPI, 75-67, to earn its third straight win on Wednesday night.
• Ross recorded 30 points, 15 boards and seven assists, while Post scored 20 points, including the 1,000th of his career for the Pride, which trailed by as many as 11 late in the first half.
• Ross (23.9 pts, 8.7 reb, 4.0 ast) leads the conference in scoring, Post (14.8 pts, 8.9 reb) is second in in the league with 33 blocked shots, and senior Cam Earle (11.5 pts, 1.9 reb) is shooting 41.3 percent from beyond the arc.
• Springfield, which is shooting a league-best 81.4 percent at the free throw line, is averaging 81.8 points over the last four games.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (15-9, 8-5 NEWMAC) downed Emerson, 90-69, in the penultimate game of the year on Wednesday.
• Jawroski recorded a game-high 25 points, Coolahan poured in 22 points to go along with seven boards, and junior Shyheim Ulrickson chipped in with 13 points and six assists for the Beavers, who opened the second half with a 16-2 run.
• Jaworski (14.9 pts, 4.0 reb) is shooting 48.5 percent from the field, Oftring (13.1 pts, 6.6 reb, 2.4 ast) has scored in double figures in six of the last eight games, and and senior Brandon Johnson (12.0 pts, 6.8 reb) leads the team with three double-doubles.
• The Green and White ranks second in the confrence in field goal percentage (47.6) and three-point field goal percentage (39.8), and is third in scoring offense averaging 78.2 points.

JUDGEMENT DAY
• Babson is one of five teams separated by just a game in the standings entering the final day of the regular season. MIT, which has clinched the top seed in next week's NEWMAC Tournament, and Emerson have grabbed two of five playoff berths, while Springfield, WPI, Coast Guard and the Beavers are fighting for the final three spots.
• The Green and White, should they make the five-team tournament, can be seeded anywhere from second to fifth.

HEAT CHECK
• Over the last five games, Jaworski is averaging 17.0 points and is shooting 68.2 percent (14-of-22) from beyond the arc.
• Coolahan is putting up 16.0 points over the last four contests while shooting 56 percent from the floor and 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from deep. Additionally, he has connected on at least two three-pointers in seven consecutive outings.

SENIOR SEND OFF
• Saturday's contest marks the final regular season home game for Johnson, who is the lone senior on Babson's roster. He has averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 50.3 percent over 50 games over the last two seasons after transferring from Boston University following his sophomore campaign.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 14-4 on the year when holding their opponents below 50 percent shooting.

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