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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Springfield

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Springfield

Men's Basketball vs. Springfield
Wednesday, February 3 —7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Springfield will meet for the 62nd time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 campaign. The Beavers are 23-38 all-time against the Pride but have won eight straight and nine of the last ten games between the teams.

Joey Flannery '17 finished with 30 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Frank Oftring added career highs of 15 points and five boards to help the then-top-ranked Beavers defeat fourth-seeded Springfield College, 67-62, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on February 25, 2017 at Staake Gymnasium. Sophomore Jake Ross led three players in double figures with 17 points for the Pride. 

Sean Martin and Nick Sinkiewicz both scored 17 points, and the third-seeded Pride rallied from a nine-point deficit over the final 3:52 of regulation to edge second-seeded Babson, 85-77 in overtime, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on March 1, 2014, in Worcester. John Wickey '15 scored 17 points while Flannery finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Beavers.

Springfield (6-5, 0-0 NEWMAC) has won two straight games after handing No. 12 Wesleyan a 72-67 loss on Sunday. Ross poured in a game-high 26 points to go along with 12 rebounds, classmate Heath Post logged 14 points and 12 rebounds, and junior Cam Earle contributed 14 points off the bench for the Pride, which rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit. Ross (22.5 pts, 9.4 reb, 3.2 ast) leads the conference in scoring, Post (12.5 pts, 7.8 reb, 1.6 blk) has pulled down 12 boards in back-to-back outings, and senior Andy McNulty (10.3 pts) has logged two or more steals in five games this season. Springfield, which ranks second in the NEWMAC in steals per game (8.6), is just 1-4 away from home this season.

Babson (5-6, 0-0 NEWMAC) is looking for a win in its NEWMAC opener after suffereing a 78-68 loss to Johnson & Wales on Sunday. Senior Nick Comenale finished with a season-high 29 points on 13-of-20 shooting, classmate Bradley Jacks added 11 points, and junior Brandon Johnson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Beavers, who led by as many as 10 in the second half. Comenale (19.0 pts, 5.1 reb, 2.3 ast) ranks third in the league in scoring, Jacks (16.5 pts, 6.2 reb, 1.9 blk) is shooting 52.4 percent from the floor, and first-year Andrew Jaworski (9.8 pts, 3.8 reb) has averaged 14.4 points on 51.9 percent shooting over the last five games. The Green and White is shooting 48.3 percent from the floor and averaged 1.06 points per possession in non-conference play. 

Going back to 2009, 17 of the 22 games between Babson and Springfield have been decided by six points or less or in overtime.

Despite winning three straight NEWMAC regular season titles, the Green and White received just two first-place votes and was picked to finish second when the league released its preseason coaches' poll back in November. MIT, which is 10-1 and ranked 20th in the latest poll, was picked to finish first, while Springfield and WPI came in third and fourth.

Comenale is just 28 points shy of become the 27th player in program history to reach 1,000 points. He also has made 203 career three-pointers and needs just three more to pass Flannery for third place on the school's all-time list.

Over his last four games against Springfield, Jacks has reached double figures four times and recorded two double-doubles. He is averaging 11.3 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 51.4 percent in these contests.

The Beavers have won 23 straight regular season games against NEWMAC foes going back to January 20, 2016.