Men's Basketball's Win Over Whitman Voted Game of the Year

Men's Basketball's Win Over Whitman Voted Game of the Year

BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College men's basketball team's 91-85 come-from-behind victory over then-No. 1 and previously unbeaten Whitman in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament was voted as the BESBY Award winner for Game of the Year in a vote conducted on twitter earlier this week.

Men's hoops, which garnered 43 percent of the vote, trailed by 25 points with less than eight minutes to go in the first half and 12 points with 13:19 left in the game before pulling off one of the greatest comebacks in Division III Final Four history. The Beavers closed the first half with a 27-6 run to pull within four and got as close as one less than two minutes after the break before the nation's only undefeated team appeared to regain control of the contest with a 14-3 burst.

Undeterred, the Green and White scored on eight straight possessions to take a 70-69 lead with 9:45 left, and got a dunk from senior Isaiah Nelsen (North Andover, Mass.) and a free throw from classmate Charlie Rice (Barnstable, Mass.) to cap a 29-5 run that pushed its advantage to 85-72 with under four minutes to play.

Other Game of the Year nominees

•    27 percent: Following a 1-0 eight-inning win over WPI, softball rallied from an early two-run deficit to outlast Springfield, 5-3, in 11 innings to force a winner-take-all NEWMAC Tournament final. The Beavers tied the game with back-to-back two out singles in the sixth and then used two-out base hits from sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) and first-year Victoria Casey (Emerson, N.J.) in the 11th.
•    25 percent: Trailing 4-1, baseball scored twice in the sixth inning and went ahead on junior Ryan Arena's (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning on its way to defeating No. 22/20 Salve Regina, 5-4, in an NCAA Tournament Harwich Regional elimination game on May 20.
•    5 percent: Sophomore Ashley Tango (Reading, Mass.) broke a scoreless deadlock with 6:46 to go in regulation as field hockey defeated eighth-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 1-0, in an NCAA Tournament Quarterfinal on November 13.