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Game Preview: No. 14 Men's Basketball vs. No. 25 Springfield

Game Preview: No. 14 Men's Basketball vs. No. 25 Springfield

No. 14 Men's Basketball vs. No. 25 Springfield
Wednesday, January 8 | 5 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 25-40 all-time against Springfield in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 campaign.
• The Beavers have won 11 of their last 14 games against the Pride since 2014.
• Five of the last eight games between the teams have been decided by five points or less, which includes a pair of three-point victories by the road team last season.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Jake Ross scored 19 of his 26 points in the second half and Springfield closed the game on an 11-0 run to edge the Beavers, 57-54, on February 16, 2019, in Babson Park.
• Senior Heath Post added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Pride.
• Senior Frank Oftring and junior Andrew Jaworski both scored 12 points to pace the Beavers, who led by as many as 12 in the second half and were up 54-46 with 6:01 remaining.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• No. 25 Springfield (9-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) is coming off a 74-71 loss to then-fourth-ranked Middlebury in the final of its holiday tournament on Saturday.
• Collin Lindsay scored a career-high 21 points and Post added 19 points and 12 boards for the Pride, which led by as many as 15 in the first half.
• Ross (27.9 pts, 9.6 reb, 4.9 ast) ranks fourth in Division III in scoring, Post (18.6 pts, 11.2 reb) has posted seven double-doubles and senior Trey Witter (8.4 pts, 1.3 ast) is shooting 53.2 percent from the floor.
• The Pride have made more free throws (154) than its opponents have attempted (150), and are committing just 10.5 turnovers per game.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 14 Babson (10-1, 0-0 NEWMAC) bounced back from its first loss with an 84-59 win over Regis last Tuesday.
• Sophomore Colin Bradanese scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of-14 shooting and Jaworski added 17 points for the Beavers, who shot 61.1 percent.
• Senior Frank Oftring (16.8 pts, 8.1 reb) leads the team with four double-doubles, classmate Jack Coolahan (15.4 pts, 4.5 reb) ranks second in the conference with 33 three-pointers, and Jaworski (14.5 pts, 6.0 reb) is shooting 50.9 percent from the floor.
• The Green and White ranks sixth in Division III in field goal percentage (51.4) and is committing just 9.9 turnovers per outing.

STYLES COLLIDE
• The only NEWMAC team with all five starters averaging double figures, a group that includes junior Crew Ainge (12.2 pts) and Bradanese (11.3 pts), Babson will face the league's top two-man duo on Wednesday night.
• Ross and Post have combined to score 56.4 percent of Springfield's 82.4 points per game, and are taking 53.7 percent of the Pride's shots.

TWO STEP
• Babson, which was picked third when the NEWMAC released its preseason coaches' poll back in November, will open league play against a pair of nationally-ranked foes.
• In addition to Wednesday's clash, the Beavers visit 23rd-ranked WPI, the preseason favorite, on Saturday.

FIRING SQUAD
• The Beavers have made at least eight three-pointers in each of their last eight games, and are shooting 44.6 percent from beyond the arc in five outings since December 1.
• Individually, Coolahan ranks first in the NEWMAC in both three-point field goal percentage (42.9) and three-pointers made per game (3.00).

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 8-0 this season and have won 57 of their last 58 games when shooting at least 50 percent from the floor.

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