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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Bowdoin

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Bowdoin

Men's Basketball at Bowdoin
Sunday, December 1 | 2 p.m.
Morrell Gymnasium | Brunswick, Maine

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 18-21 all-time against Bowdoin in a series that dates back to 1974.
• Five of the last eight games between the Beavers and Polar Bears have been decided by five points or less, and the home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings dating back to 2009.
• Babson is looking for its first win in Brunswick since January 2003.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Frank Oftring recorded a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Beavers rolled past Bowdoin, 84-63, on November 25, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Junior Andrew Jaworski added 18 points for Babson, which knocked down eight first-half three-pointers and led by as many as 37 less than two minutes into the second half.
• Jack Simonds scored 19 points and senior David Reynolds added 16 despite shooting 7-of-21 for the Polar Bears.

SCOUTING THE POLAR BEARS
• Bowdoin (3-2) has won its last two games after downing the University of New England, 75-57, on Tuesday.
• Reynolds led four players in double figures with 15 points and junior Zavier Rucker added 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Polar Bears, who pulled away with an 18-6 run early in the second half.
• Reynolds (20.5 pts, 4.0 reb) is shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc, Rucker (13.8 pts, 6.6 reb, 4.4 ast) leads the team in assists, and junior Sam Grad (10.2 pts, 6.8 reb) is second on the team in rebounding.
• Bowdoin ranks 10th in Division III with a 12.0. rebounding margin.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-0) stayed unbeaten with a 76-48 rout of Bates last Sunday in Lewiston, Maine.
• Oftring scored 16 points and senior Jack Coolahan and junior Crew Ainge added 10 points apiece for the Beavers, who started the game with a 22-4 run.
• Coolahan (14.6 pts, 5.4 reb) has scored in double figures four times in five games, Jaworski (14.0 pts, 6.4 reb, 3.6 ast) dished out a season-high seven assists against Bates, and Oftring (13.4 pts, 7.2 reb) is shooting 55.8 percent from the floor.
• The Green and White ranks fourth in Division III in scoring margin (+28.2) and is 14th nationally holding its opponents to 36.3 percent shooting.

NEWMAC HONORS FOR OFTRING
• In addition to scoring 16 points in last Sunday's win at Bates, Oftring pulled down a career-high 18 boards and blocked two shots on the way to being selected as the conference defensive player of the week.
• The double-double was the first of the season and the fourth of Oftring's career.

COMING HOME AGAIN
• Senior Shyheim Ulrickson, who grew up just minutes from Bowdoin's campus in Topsham, Maine, will play in his native state for the fourth and final time against the Polar Bears on Sunday.
• In three previous games against Bates and Bowdoin in Maine he has averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 assists, which includes finishing with season highs of six points and three dimes against the Bobcats last Sunday.

BEAVERS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
• The Green and White ranks second in Division III in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.23), fourth in fewest turnovers per game (8.6), 19th in field goal percentage (51.0), 21st in assists per game (19.2) and 22nd in scoring offense averaging 91.4 points per game.
• Individually, Ainge ranks sixth in Division III with a 4.80 assist-to-turnover ratio and is shooting 92.9 percent at the free throw line, which ranks 45th.

PICKING UP VOTES
• Babson earned 27 points in last Monday's D3hoops.com poll and is one of 20 programs outside the top 25 receiving votes for first time since November 27, 2017.
• The Green and White has not been ranked since coming in at No. 7 in the D3hoops.com 2017-18 preseason poll.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have recorded at least three blocked shots in nine consecutive games going back to last February.

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