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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Johnson & Wales

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Johnson & Wales

Men's Basketball vs. Johnson & Wales
Sunday, December 31—2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Johnson & Wales will meet for just the second time to close out the calendar year on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers won the only other meeting between the squads back in 2001.

Jeff Hines '04 scored 18 points as the Beavers opened the season with an 83-47 victory over Johnson & Wales in the Babson Invitational Tournament on November 16, 2001. Brooks Brown '05 pulled down a game-high seven rebounds, while Chris Michalowski '03 led all players with eight assists for the Green and White

Johnson & Wales (4-5) has dropped three straight games after suffering an 85-82 loss at Hampden-Sydney (Va.) back on December 17. Junior Matt Madoian finished with 22 points and five steals, while first-year Justin Bullock and junior Brian Hogan-Gary added 17 and 16 points, respectively, for the Wildcats. Hogan-Gary (18.8 pts, 9.6 reb, 4.4 ast, 2.6 stl) has produced four double-doubles, senior Jarell Lawson (16.1 pts, 6.3 reb) missed the final two games for the first semester, and Madoian (13.0 pts, 3.9 reb) has put up 20 or more points in two of the last three contests. Johnson & Wales is averaging 23.5 free attempts per game and forcing 19.0 turnovers.

Babson (5-5) returned from the break on Friday, suffering a 78-75 loss at Bates. First-year Andrew Jaworski scored a career-high 25 points and senior Bradley Jacks added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Beavers, who trimmed a 17-point deficit to just one in the final minute. Senior Nick Comenale (18.0 pts, 5.1 reb, 2.5 ast) ranks 28th in Division III making 3.56 three-pointers per game, Jacks (17.1 pts, 6.1 reb, 2.0 blk) is shooting 52.2 percent from the floor, and Jaworski (9.8 pts, 3.5 reb) has averaged 17.3 points on 57.1 percent shooting over the last three games. The Green and White ranks 26th nationally making 10.6 three-pointers per outing, and is 31st in the country in field goal percentage (48.6).

Junior Brandon Johnson, who leads the Beavers in rebounding at 6.3 per game, pulled down 10 boards in Friday's loss at Bates for the third time this season.

With three or more three-pointers in all but one game this season, Comenale became the fourth player in program history to record 200 made triples on Friday. He is now just five behind Joey Flannery '17 and 14 shy of Michael Kingsley '97 for second place on Babson's all-time list.

The Green and White recorded a season-high 21 assists on 31 made field goals the loss at Bates, good for its most dimes since dishing out 24 in last year's NCAA Tournament national semifinal win over Whitman. Babson also committed a season-low eight turnovers on Friday against the Bobcats.

The Beavers have made eight or more three-pointers in 13 straight games going back to last season.