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Game Preview: No. 14 Men's Basketball at No. 23 WPI

Game Preview: No. 14 Men's Basketball at No. 23 WPI

No. 14 Men's Basketball at No. 23 WPI
Saturday, January 11 | 2 p.m.
Harrington Auditorium | Worcester, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 49-32 all-time against WPI in a series that dates back to the 1974-75 campaign.
• The Beavers have dropped two straight against the Engineers on the heels of an eight-game winning streak in the series.
• Seven of the last 10 games between the programs have been decided by seven points or less.

LAST MEETING
• Juniors Kahleb Downing and Colin McNamara scored 20 points apiece as WPI edged the Beavers, 70-66, in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on February 19, 2019, in Babson Park.
• McNamara added five assists and four steals, and scored four straight points late in the second half to put the Engineers in front for good.
• Seniors Frank Oftring and Jack Coolahan scored 14 and 12 points, respectively, to lead Babson.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• No. 23 WPI (10-2, 1-0 NEWMAC) opened conference play with a 68-52 win over MIT on Wednesday night.
• Junior Dakota Wheeler came off the bench to score 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Engineers, who shot 50 percent and outscored their counterparts 30-10 in the paint.
• Junior Garrett Stephenson (14.9 pts, 6.5 reb) is shooting 63.3 percent from the floor, classmate Reid Walker (11.4 pts, 4.2 reb, 3.0 ast) has played just three minutes over the last two games, and McNamara is contributing 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and a team-high 3.4 assists.
• WPI ranks fifth in Division III in both scoring defense (59.3 points) and field goal percentage defense (36.5).

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 14 Babson (10-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) dropped its conference opener for the first time since 2013 falling to 25th-ranked Springfield 84-81 on Wednesday.
• Junior Andrew Jaworski matched his career high with 32 points and Oftring recorded a double-double with 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting and 10 boards for the Beavers, who shot 56.5 percent.
• Oftring (16.4 pts, 8.3 reb) has reached double figures in eight straight outings, Jaworski (15.9 pts, 6.3 reb) is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor, and Coolahan (15.2, 4.1 reb) was held without a three-pointer in Wednesday's loss for the first time in 12 games.
• The Green and White, which boasts Division III's eighth most efficient offense according to Matt Snyder, ranks sixth nationally in field goal percentage (51.6).

DOUBLING UP
• Oftring posted his fourth straight double-double in Wednesday's loss to Springfield and has now reached double figures in both points and rebounds in five of his last six starts going back to November 24.
• He is averaging 18.8 point and 10.8 boards during this stretch.

HITTING THE CENTURY MARK
• Thanks to his 4-of-7 effort from beyond the arc on Wednesday, Jaworski has now made 101 career three-pointers and is one of just 11 players in Babson history to surpass the century mark.
• He ranks second on the team behind Coolahan with 22 triples this winter and is shooting a career-best 44 percent from distance.

BALANCED BEAVERS
• The Green and White enters Saturday as the only NEWMAC team with five players averaging double figures in scoring, a group that includes junior Crew Ainge (11.7 points) and sophomore Colin Bradanese (10.8 points).
• Highlighted by Bradanese, who is connecting on 62.6 percent of his shots from the floor, all of Babson's top five scorers are shooting better than 52 percent on the year.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are averaging 15.1 free throw attempts over their 10 wins, but just 6.5 free throw attempts in two losses this winter.

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