Beavers Become First NEWMAC Squad to Start 10-0 Since 2011
WORCESTER, Mass.—Senior Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) scored a game-high 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals to help top-ranked Babson College defeat WPI, 62-45, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Harrington Auditorium.
With its 11th straight win, Babson is now 20-1 overall becomes the first NEWMAC squad to reach 10-0 in league play since WPI in 2011. The Engineers are now 14-7 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
Junior Nick Comenale (New York Mills, N.Y.) finished with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc and grabbed seven rebounds for the Beavers. Senior Isaiah Nelsen (North Andover, Mass.), who finished with 10 rebounds, and junior Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.) both added nine points in the win.
Senior Ian Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) scored 17 points to lead WPI, which never led in the game.
Flannery and Comenale combined for 10 early points as the Green and White built a 15-4 lead a little more than six minutes into the contest. Senior Charlie Rice (Barnstable, Mass.) hit a three-point and converted a layup to make it 23-8, and Comenale knocked down a corner triple to give the Beavers a 29-9 advantage with 3:18 to go in the first half.
The Engineers closed the opening stanza with a 9-0 run to pull within 29-18 at the break, but Babson responded with a 13-3 burst over the first 2:57 of the second half to push its lead back to 21 on a three-pointer by Flannery. WPI got as close as 15 on four occasions, the last coming on a Converse jumper to make it 50-35 with 6:49 left, before the Green and White put the game away with a 12-2 burst.
Comenale and Jacks made back-to-back trifectas to extend the lead to 20, and Flannery and Nelsen followed with consecutive buckets to give Babson its largest bulge of the afternoon at 62-38 with 2:57 remaining.
Despite shooting a season-low 34 percent from the floor, the Beavers made nine three-pointers and finished with a 48-35 edge on the glass.
The Engineers shot just 26.7 percent, their lowest mark since last season's NCAA Tournament First Round loss to Cortland, and were just 3-of-22 from beyond the arc (13.6 percent).
Both teams return to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Springfield, while WPI takes on MIT.
• The Beavers are now 46-30 all-time against WPI and have won four straight against the Engineers.
• Saturday's win helped Babson extend Division III's longest conference winning streak to 21 games.
• The Beavers have also won 31 straight Saturday games and 24 consecutive NEWMAC road games.
• The Green and White has now scored at least 60 points in 50 consecutive games.