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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Amherst

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Amherst

Men's Basketball at No. 19 Amherst
Thursday, December 5 | 7 p.m.
LeFrak Gymnasium | Amherst, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Amherst will meet for the 39th time on Thursday night in a series that dates back to 1977.
• The Beavers are 14-24 all-time against the Mammoths.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Shyheim Ulrickson knocked down three free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining to help Babson defeat then-No. 21 Amherst , 72-71, on December 7, 2017, at Staake Gymnasium.
• Nick Comenale '18 paced four players in double figures with 15 points and eight rebounds, while senior Brandon Johnson finished with 14 points and seven boards.
• Michael Riopel led the Mammoths with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists. 

LAST AMHERST WIN
• Jayde Dawson hit a driving layup at the buzzer to send then-No. 1 Amherst College past then-No. 2 Babson College in double overtime, 99-97, in on December 8, 2016, at LeFrak Gymnasium.
• Joey Flannery '17 led four players in double figures with 41 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Beavers, while Dawson poured in 32 points for the Mammoths.

SCOUTING THE MAMMOTHS
• No. 19 Amherst (5-0) remained unbeaten and entered the national rankings for the first time this season after running away from Emerson, 85-62, on Saturday.
• Sophomore Grant Robinson scored 23 points and junior Josh Cherry recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Mammoths, who grabbed a season-high 17 offensive boards.
• Robinson is averaging 16.0 points, 3.4 boards, and 3.0 assists, sophomore Garrett Day (12.2 pts, 2.4 reb) is shooting 53.8 percent from behind the arc, and Cherry (9.6 pts, 5.4 reb) is second on the team in rebounds.
• Amherst is averaging 96.2 points and has made at least 10 three-pointers in each of its last four games.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-3) had its three-game winning streak snapped when it fell to Brandeis 74-49 on Sunday afternoon in the New England Big 4 Challenge championship game.
• Junior Frank Oftring was named to the all-tournament team after leading the Beavers with 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, while first-year Colin Bradanese scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
• Sophomore Andrew Jaworski is averaging 20.0 points, 6.2 boards, and 2.0 assists, Oftring (14.5 pts, 7.9 reb) is shooting 60.3 percent from the floor, and Johnson (12.0 pts, 6.6 reb,) has posted a pair of double-doubles.
• The Green and White is shooting 44.4 percent on the year and has made 26 three-pointers over its last two contests.

SERIES NOTES TO KNOW
• Three of the last four games between Babson and Amherst have been decided by five points or less or in double OT.
• The Green and White has been victorious in two of its last three trips to LeFrak Gymnasium, which includes a 78-70 win over the eventual national champions in 2012-13.

STRANGE DAYS
• Sunday's loss was Babson's first by 20 or more points since suffering a 68-48 setback to Augustana (Ill.) in the NCAA Tournament national semifinals back in 2015.
• The Final Four loss to the Vikings also marked the last time the Beavers were held below 60 points until Sunday against Brandeis – a stretch of 86 games.
• The Green and White, which defeated Tufts 94-73 in its Big 4 Challenge opener on Saturday, had not followed up a win by 20 or more points with a loss by over 20 since the 2003-04 campaign when it beat Colby 89-54 and then dropped its next game to Williams, 91-65.

GOING HARD IN THE PAINT
• Oftring, who has reached double figures in scoring in six of eight outings this season, is averaging 18.5 points on 60.7 percent shooting over the last four games. He is 7-of-17 (41.1 percent) from beyond the arc and is shooting a blistering 70.6 on two-point field goal attempts.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 3-0 against the NESCAC this season with an average margin of victory of 17.3 points.

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