BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) paced five players in double figures with a game-high 16 points to help Babson College defeat visiting WPI, 68-59, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Staake Gymnasium.
Babson, which has won a season-high five straight games, improves to 14-8 overall and 9-2 in league play, while WPI dips to 13-9 overall and 7-4 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Shyheim Ulrickson (Topsham, Maine) had 13 points and four assists, while junior Brandon Johnson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.) finished with 11 points and nine rebounds and classmate Nick Comenale (New York Mills, N.Y.) chipped in with 11 points.
Senior Chris Rodgers (Franklin, Mass.) had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Jake Wisniewski (West Brookfield, Mass.) added 14 points for the Engineers.
The Green and White jumped out to a quick 11-4 edge and led by as many as eight on two occasions in the first half before settling for a 30-29 advantage at the break. Jaworski hit a trio of three-pointers and Ulrickson gave the Beavers a 30-22 lead at the 2:01 mark before Wisniewski scored five points to help WPI close the period a with 7-0 spurt.
Babson scored on just one of its first seven possessions to begin the second half before ripping off a 15-3 run to seize control of the game. Jaworski and Jacks converted back-to-back layups to make it 36-31 at the 14:27 mark, and Comenale and Ulrickson followed with consecutive triples to extend the margin to 42-33 just over a minute later.
Rodgers scored to cut the Engineers' deficit to seven, but another three-pointer by Comenale and two free throws by sophomore Julian Alexis (Somerville, N.J.) pushed the Babson lead to 47-35 with 10 minutes remaining. WPI got as close as 49-44 on another bucket by Rodgers with 5:52 to go, but Jaworksi canned a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession and then converted a layup in transition to push the margin back to nine to 5:02 left.
The Green and White went 9-of-12 at the charity stripe over the final 1:13 to secure the win.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. as Babson hosts Wheaton, while WPI takes on Emerson.
• The Beavers are 48-30 all-time against WPI and have won seven in a row in the series going back to 2015.
• Babson, which made a season-low nine two-point field goals, made a season-high 20 free throws and matched its season high with 24 free throw attempts.
• The Green and White is now 9-0 this season when holding its opponents under 60 points.
• Babson has now connected on at least nine three-pointers in each of its first 11 NEWMAC games this winter.