NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Senior Jaqhawn Walters (Hartford, Conn.) and junior Mason Jones (Manchester, N.J.) combined for 34 second-half points as Albertus Magnus College rallied to defeat visiting Babson College, 85-81, in non-conference men's basketball action on Wednesday night at The Nest.
Babson, which has dropped two straight games, falls to 3-3 overall. Albertus Magnus, which is now 85-3 at home since 2011, improves to 2-1 on the year.
Senior Nick Comenale (New York Mills, N.Y.) finished with 23 points and four assists, while classmate Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.) added 15 points and five rebounds for the Beavers. Graduate student Tim Hasbargen (Munich, Germany) added 14 points and sophomore Shyheim Ulrickson (Topsham, Maine) chipped in with career highs of 13 points and five assists in a losing effort.
Walters went 14-of-22 from the floor and led all players with 31 points and 14 rebounds for the Falcons. Jones scored 21 points and senior Amir Maddred (Camden, N.J.) chipped in with 10 on 4-of-5 shooting.
The Green and White jumped out to an 18-6 lead less than seven minutes into the contest, and took a 26-13 edge, its biggest of the night, a little more than midway through the first half. The Beavers shot 45.9 percent in the opening stanza and took advantage of 14 Albertus Magnus turnovers, including seven by Walters, to carry a 39-35 edge into the locker room.
Babson pushed its margin to as many as 10 on a bucket by Hasbargen just under three minutes into the second half, but the Falcons responded with a 17-8 run to pull within 57-56 on a dunk by Jones with 12:50 remaining. Albertus pulled even for the first time since the opening tip at 63-all with 8:45 left, but the Green and White got back-to-back hoops from Hasbargen and Ulrickson, and a three-pointer from Comenale to push the lead back to 70-63 just 71 seconds later.
Jones scored six consecutive points to trim the Falcons' deficit to two with 5:21 left, and Walters followed with buckets on five of the next six possessions to put Albertus in front 81-78 with 2:16 to play. Comenale followed a free throw by Walters with a triple to get the Beavers within 82-81 at the 1:35 mark. Junior Ryan Pittman (Stratford, Conn.) made 1-of-2 free throws with 1:00 remaining and blocked Ulrickson's driving layup in the closing seconds before icing the game with a pair from the charity stripe.
Babson shot 48.4 percent from the floor, but committed a season-high 19 turnovers and were outrebounded, 38-31.
The Falcons shot 54.7 percent and outscored the Beavers 50-38 in the paint.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson takes on Brandeis in the opening game of the New England Big 4 Challenge at 1 p.m. at Tufts. Albertus will host Regis at 3 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 1-1 all-time against Albertus Magnus.
• Prior to Wednesday's loss, Babson had won 44 consecutive games when leading with five minutes to play.
• The Green and White is now 12-7 since the start of the 2015-16 campaign in games decided by five points or less.
• Prior to Wednesday, the last team to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor against Babson was Amherst (52.5 percent) in the sectional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament on March 11, 2016 – a span of 39 games.