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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Coast Guard

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Coast Guard

Men's Basketball vs Coast Guard
Wednesday, January 9—7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium —Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 79th time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to the 1972-73 season. The Beavers are 52-26 all-time against the Bears and have won 13 straight games between the teams going back to 2012.

Joey Flannery '17 finished with 28 points, 16 rebounds and four assists as the then-top-ranked Beavers defeated Coast Guard, 103-88, on February 15, 2017, in Babson Park. Junior Nick Comenale scored 22 points and Isaiah Nelsen '17 added 20 points for Babson, which shot 56.3 percent. Sophomore Packy Witkowski and Max Lampe paced the Bears with 20 points apiece.

Jevon James scored 20 points and Kevin Sowers chipped in with 15, including a 9-for-11 effort from the free throw line, helping the fifth-seeded Bears knock off fourth-seeded Babson, 62-53, in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on February 23, 2011, in Babson Park. Matt Zoia '11 had 19 points to lead the Beavers, who built a 14-point first-half lead but shot just 34.9 percent on the night.

Coast Guard (8-3, 0-2 NEWMAC) was unable to hold onto a 15-point halftime lead in Saturday's 74-65 loss at MIT. Senior Micah Baldez recorded a team-high 20 points, six rebounds and six assists, while sophomore Noah Baldez finished with 15 points and led the team with seven rebounds. Classmate Justin Kane also scored 10 points in the loss. Witkowski (16.9 pts, 5.3 reb, 2.6 ast), who leads the team in scoring, has missed the last four games, Noah Baldez (14.5 pts, 5.5 reb, 3.2 ast) ranks fourth in the NEWMAC in field goal percentage at 57.1 percent, Kane (14.2 pts, 9.0 reb) is tied for second in the league in rebounding. and Micah Baldez (10.8 pts, 4.6 reb) The Bears rank 37th nationally in defensive rebounds per game (30.18).

Babson (7-6, 2-0 NEWMAC) rallied from an early 12-point deficit to down WPI, 79-72, on Saturday afternoon inside Harrington Auditorium First-year Andrew Jaworski scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, sophomore Julian Alexis knocked down a go-ahead three-pointer with 3:08 to play, and junior Brandon Johnson produced a double-double with 17 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. Comenale (19.2 pts, 5.3 reb, 2.2 ast) ranks 20th nationally with 45 three-point field goals, classmate Bradley Jacks (15.7 pts, 5.3 reb, 2.2 ast) recorded his second double-double at WPI, and Jaworski (12.0 pts, 3.5 reb) is third in the NEWMAC in three-point field goal percentage at 51.2 percent. The Green and White ranks 42nd nationally in field goal percentage (48.4).

Jaworski, who was selected as the NEWMAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, has averaged 16.6 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent from the floor in seven games since joining the starting lineup prior to the Beavers' December 2 win over Brandeis. Included in this run are a pair of 25-point outings and three or more three-point field goals in five contests.

Comenale, who is currently third in program history with 210 career triples, has torched the Bears from beyond the arc over the last two seasons. In four games against Coast Guard he is 20-of-36 (55.6 percent) from long distance while averaging 18.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

Saturday's come-from-behind win extended Babson's regular season NEWMAC winning streak to 25 games – a streak that began following a 71-66 loss to MIT on January 20, 2016. The only team with a longer regular season conference winning streak is top-ranked Whitman, which has defeated 29 straight Northwest Conference foes. The only team to defeat the Blues over the last two seasons is the Beavers, who rallied from a 25-point deficit for a 91-85 win in last year's national semifinals.

The Beavers are 6-0 this season when holding their opponents below 72 points.