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Game Preview: No. 19 Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton

Game Preview: No. 19 Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton

No. 19 Men's Basketball vs. Wheaton
Saturday, February 12 | 2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 37-14 all-time against Wheaton in a series that dates back the 1989-90 campaign.
• The Beavers have won 19 of their last 21 games against the Lyons, which includes three straight victories after getting swept in 2018.
• Each of Babson's last eight wins over Wheaton have come by double digits.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Jack Coolahan buried seven three-pointers and finished with 25 points as Babson defeated Wheaton, 76-51, on January 22 in Norton, Mass.
• Sophomore Colin Bradanese recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists, three blocks and two steals for the Beavers, who by as many as 17 in the opening half.
• First-year Aaron Williams finished with 13 points and nine boards to lead three Lyons in double figures.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Wheaton (6-15, 1-10 NEWMAC) has dropped 10 of its last 11 games and is coming off a 100-76 loss to No. 20 Springfield on Wednesday.
• First-year Alex Carlisle scored 21 points and classmate Evan Cook added 15 on 7-of-10 shooting for the Lyons, who shot 50.8 percent from the floor.
• Senior Alex DuBrow (13.8 pts, 5.8 ast, 4.5 reb) leads the conference in assists, Williams (13.6 pts, 5.9 reb) leads the team in rebounding, and Carlisle (12.9 pts, 3.9 reb) is averaging 20.3 points on 52 percent shooting over the last three games.
• Wheaton is giving up 86.4 points on 48.2 percent shooting in NEWMAC play.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 19 Babson (18-4, 8-3 NEWMAC) saw its six-game winning streak come to an end in Wednesday's 75-56 loss to WPI.
• Coolahan scored 17 points and junior Andrew Jaworski finished with 14 for the Beavers, who shot a season-low 33.3 percent from the floor.
• Coolahan (18.4 pts, 3.9 reb) is shooting 53.8 percent from the floor, Jaworski (18.0 pts, 6.1 reb) is averaging 21.5 points in conference play, and junior Crew Ainge (11.8 pts, 4.7 ast, 4.3 reb) is averaging a league-best 2.3 steals in conference play.
• The Green and White is committing the second fewest turnovers (9.6) in Division III and also ranks 20th in field goal percentage (48.8).

ONE-TWO PUNCH
• Coolahan and Jaworski have both scored at least 20 points in six of Babson's first 11 conference games and are combining for just over half of the team's scoring in league play.
• Jaworski ranks second in scoring (21.5 points), fourth in three-point field goals (30), eighth in three-point FG percentage (42.9) and 11th in overall field goal percentage (48.9).
• Coolahan is second in the league with 37 triples, ranks third in points (21.4), fifth in field goal percentage (55.6), and is eighth in three-point FG percentage (43.0).

…IT'S ABOUT HOW YOU RESPOND
• After their first three losses of the year, the Beavers have bounced back each time with a convincing win in their next game.
• Babson followed up a one-point loss to Eastern Connecticut State on December 30 by blasting Regis, 84-59, a day later, and followed up a three-point loss to Springfield by building a 25-point lead on the way to downing WPI, 93-81, in early January.
• The Beavers' last setback before Wednesday was a 92-89 OT result at Clark on January 18, which was followed up by a 76-51 triumph at Wheaton..

SENIOR SEND-OFF
• Saturday's contest could be the final home game in the careers of Coolahan and fellow seniors Frank Oftring and Shyheim Ulrickson.
• The last link to the Beavers' 2017 Division III national championship, the group has been part of 79 wins and one NEWMAC regular season title.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 11-1 this season when outscoring their opponents at the free throw line.

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