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Game Preview: No. 17 Men's Basketball vs. Coast Guard

Game Preview: No. 17 Men's Basketball vs. Coast Guard

No. 17 Men's Basketball vs. Coast Guard
Wednesday, January 15 | 7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 55-27 all-time against Coast Guard in a series that dates back to the 1972-73 campaign.
• The Beavers had won 16 in a row in the series before suffering a 16-point loss to the Bears in the second of two matchups last January.
• Prior to last season's loss, the Green and White had averaged 89.7 points over its last seven outings against Coast Guard.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Packy Witkowski scored a game-high 22 points to lead four players in double figures as Coast Guard defeated the Beavers, 76-60, on January 25, 2019, in Babson Park.
• Senior Noah Baldez finished with 19 points and Nolan Benson added 16 points for the Bears, who opened the game with a 25-8 run and led by as many as 21 in the second half.
• Seniors Frank Oftring and Jack Coolahan both scored 15 points to lead Babson.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
• Coast Guard (5-7, 0-2 NEWMAC) has dropped three straight games and is coming off a 76-60 loss at MIT on Saturday.
• Junior Paul Costain came off the bench to score 16 points for the Bears, who trailed by 17 at the half and shot just 32.8 percent for the game.
• Witkowski (13.5 pts, 4.3 reb) has scored in double figures in six of the last eight contests, senior Justin Kane (13.0 pts, 6.7 reb) leads the team in rebounding, and Baldez (12.8 pts, 5.5 reb, 4.9 ast) ranks third in the conference in assists.
• Despite shooting just 39.9 percent as a team, Coast Guard ranks 18th in Division III pulling down 14.6 offensive rebounds per game.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 17 Babson (11-2, 1-1 NEWMAC) picked up its first conference win with a 93-81 triumph at then-23rd-ranked WPI on Saturday.
• Coolahan scored 22 of his career-high 35 points in the first half and junior Andrew Jaworski added 17 points for the Beavers, who closed the opening period with a 29-6 run.
• Coolahan (16.7 pts, 4.2 reb) is shooting 71.2 percent over the last five games, Oftring (16.1 pts, 8.2 reb) has scored in double figures in each of his last nine outings, and Jaworski (16.0 pts, 6.2 reb, 2.7 ast) is putting up 24.5 points over the first two NEWMAC games.
• The Green and White is averaging 87.2 points and is shooting 51.9 percent from the floor, which ranks third in Division III.

JACK THE RIPPER
• As part of his 35-point effort on Saturday, Coolahan knocked down five three-pointers and finished a perfect 13-of-13 from the floor and went 4-of-4 from the free throw line. The 13 made field goals are the most without a miss this winter by a Division III player.
• Despite not earning NEWMAC Player of the Week honors, Coolahan was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week on Monday night.

HARD TO GUARD
• Entering Wednesday night's contest against Coast Guard, the Beavers own the top-ranked adjusted scoring offensive in Division III according to Matt Snyder's Division III Efficiency Rankings.
• Babson is averaging 121.1 points per 100 possessions on the year, and scored 1.21 points per possession on 54.5 percent shooting in games against Springfield and WPI to begin league play.

MAKING THINGS HAPPEN
• First-year Andrew Kirkpatrick made the second start of his career against WPI on Saturday finishing with four points, three rebounds, three steals and three assists in 20 minutes of action
• After playing just 36 total minutes over the first eight games this season he is averaging 4.8 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 19.8 minutes.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers recorded its fifth first half of at least 50 points on Saturday at WPI, and has led by double figures at the break in nine of their 13 contests this winter.

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