Comenale Reaches 1,000-Point Plateau as Beavers Record 24th Straight Regular Season Conference Win
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Nick Comenale (New York Mills, N.Y.) scored 28 points and became the 26th player in program history to surpass 1,000 points as Babson College defeated visiting Springfield College, 83-60, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Staake Gymnasium.
With the win, Babson improves to 6-6 overall and 1-0 in conference play, while Springfield dips to 6-6 and 0-1 in the NEWMAC.
Comenale went 10-of-15 from the floor and pulled down nine rebounds, while first-year Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) finished with 19 points and was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. Junior Brandon Johnson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) had 14 points and seven boards, senior Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.) chipped in with 12 points, and sophomore Shyheim Ulrickson (Topsham, Maine) led all players with seven assists.
Sophomore Jake Ross (Northampton, Mass.) finished with 27 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and five steals for the Pride.
Comenale and Jaworski combined for 31 first-half points for the Green and White, which shot 50 percent from the floor and connected on nine three-pointers over the opening 20 minutes. Springfield was within six after a layup by senior Andy McNulty (West Springfield, Mass.) at the 8:42 mark, but Babson responded with a 26-10 run that included 11 points from Jaworski and a four-point play from Comenale to make it 46-24 with 1:55 remaining in the stanza.
The Pride closed the half with a 7-0 run to pull within 46-31, and cut its deficit to 10 on a three-point play by Ross less than three minutes into the second half. The Beavers responded with a 14-4 burst though, pushing their advantage back to 64-44 on a layup in transition by Jacks with 12:43 to go.
Ross and junior Cam Earle (South Hadley, Mass.) combined for 12 points to bring Springfield as close as 68-56 at the 7:38 mark. Johnson followed with back-to-back hoops, Jacks converted a three-point play and Comenale knocked down a mid-range jumper to hit the 1,000-point mark as the Green and White extended their margin back to 77-56 with just over five minutes to go.
The Beavers shot 50 percent for the game and turned 19 Pride turnovers into 20 points.
Springfield shot 42.6 percent but was just 4-of-20 (20 percent) from beyond the arc.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson visits WPI at 2 p.m., while the Pride hosts Wheaton at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 24-38 all-time against Springfield and has won nine straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings between the teams.
• Babson has won 24 consecutive regular season games against NEWMAC foes going back to January 20, 2016.
• In addition to surpassing the 1,000-point mark, Comenale passed Joey Flannery '17 for third place on the program's all-time list with 208 three-pointers.
• The Beavers have now won 52 straight games when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor going back to 2013.