BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the second half, including the go-ahead dunk with 1:30 remaining, as Babson College hung on to defeat visiting Becker College, 59-58, in non-conference men's basketball action on Tuesday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
With its third straight win, Babson is now 4-1 overall, while Becker drops to 2-2 on the year.
Flannery went 7-of-16 from the floor and 6-of-9 at the free throw line, and also pulled down seven rebounds for the Beavers. Senior John Wickey (Manchester, N.H.) added 15 points, a team-high nine boards and two assists. Classmate Eric Dean (Gilford, N.H.) added seven points and six rebounds, while fellow senior David Mack (Holden, Mass.) and sophomore Sam Bohmiller (Franklin, Mass.) each chipped in with six points.
Sophomore Kyle Credle (Queens, N.Y.) scored 19 points to lead the Hawks. Senior Donovin Ford-Hayes (Windsor Locks, Conn.) added 17 points, junior Scott Dulaire finished with seven points and five boards, and classmate Rashaun Liggon (Elizabeth, N.J.) contributed six points and six rebounds.
Becker led throughout the final 18 minutes of the first half and used an 18-5 run to build a 31-17 lead with 4:36 remaining in the stanza. Ford-Hayes had seven points, while Dulaire and Liggon added five and four points, respectively, during the run as the Hawks made eight of their nine field goal attempts, including a trio of three-pointers.
The Green and White got back-to-back hoops by Flannery and sophomore Matthew Droney (Canton, Mass.) to cut its deficit to 31-21, but Becker responded with a quick 8-1 burst capped by a trifecta to take its biggest lead of the half at 39-22 just 1:12 before the break. The Beavers, who went just 4-of-10 at the free throw line and committed eight first-half turnovers, trailed 39-25 going into the locker room.
The Beavers wasted little time getting back into the game after halftime though, as they opened the stanza with a 20-8 run to get within 47-45 on back-to-back three-pointers by Bohmiller with 11:39 left in the contest. Credle and Hayes-Ford put the Hawks back in front by six with hoops on consecutive possessions, and despite going nearly seven minutes without a field goal, Babson cut its deficit to 53-51 on a bucket by Wickey with 4:46 left to play.
After empty trips for both teams, Flannery converted four straight free throws over the next two possessions to give the Green and White its first lead since the opening minutes of the game at 55-53 with 3:08 to go. Liggon tied it with a layup for Becker, but two Dean free throws gave the Beavers a 57-55 edge at the 1:59 mark. Credle followed with a jumper for the Hawks before Flannery drove it baseline from the right wing and hammered a thunderous two-hand dunk to put the hosts back up two with 90 seconds remaining.
After missed field goals on both ends, Becker junior Jessy Michaud (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was fouled in transition and knocked down one of his two free throws to cut the Babson lead to 59-58 with 42 seconds left. The Hawks got the ball back with a chance to go ahead following a Beavers' turnover with 16 seconds to go, but Credle's layup after slicing through the defense fell off the rim as time expired.
The Green and White shot 41.3 percent (19-for-46), held a 40-28 edge on the glass and outscored Becker 22-14 in the paint. The Hawks, which shot 50 percent in the first half, were held to just 7-of-29 from the floor after the break.
Babson returns to action on Monday when it hosts Bowdoin College at 7:30 p.m., while Becker will face Brandeis University on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Beavers are now 3-1 all-time against the Hawks, and the last three meetings have been decided by a total of five points…Babson is now 3-1 at home this season and has won 13 of its last 16 games at Staake Gymnasium going back to the start of last season…the Beavers have won 15 of their last 18 games when outrebounding their opponent going back to December 3, 2013…Babson is 4-0 this season and has won 11 games in a row when making more free throws than its opponent…the Green and White has won five of its last six games that have been decided by five points or less going back to the start of last season.