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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. North Carolina Wesleyan

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. North Carolina Wesleyan

Catholic Holiday Inn Tournament
Men's Basketball vs North Carolina Wesleyan
Saturday, December 29 | 7 p.m.
Franny Murray Court | Washington, D.C.

THE SETUP
• Babson travels to the nation's capital to compete in the Catholic Holiday Tournament beginning with a tilt against North Carolina Wesleyan on Saturday night.
• The Beavers will take on either the host Cardinals or Medaille on Sunday. The consolation game is set for 5 p.m. and the championship game will follow at 7 p.m.

THE SERIES
• Babson and North Carolina Wesleyan will meet for the first time on Saturday night when they tip-off in the Catholic Holiday tournament in the nation's capital. 

SCOUTING THE BATTLING BISHOPS
• N.C. Wesleyan (8-1) has won six straight contents after edging Averett, 84-82, back on December 15. 
• Senior Robert Wilson recorded 23 points and six boards, junior AJ Frye and sophomore Damon McDowell both scored 15 points for the Battling Bishops, who shot 70.8 percent over the final 20 minutes to erase a three-point halftime deficit.
• Frye (15.8 pts, 7.4 reb) is shooting 67 percent from the field, Wilson (15.8, 6.2 reb, 2.6 ast) has recorded over 20 points in each of his last two outings, and McDowell (12.9 pts, 4.7 reb) has reached double figures in scoring eight times in nine outings.
• N.C. Wesleyan is averaging 81.0 points on 49.3 percent shooting this season, and has gone 30-of-59 (50.8 percent) from beyond the arc over the last three games. 

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (6-3) handed then-No. 19 Amherst its first loss of the year with a 68-55 win back on December 6 inside LeFrak Gymnasium. 
• Junior Frank Oftring lead the team with 12 points, senior Brandon Johnson recorded nine points and a game-high nine boards, and sophomore Matt Pattyson and first-year Colin Bradanese came off the bench to score eight points apiece for the Beavers, who limited the Mammoths to just 33.8 percent shooting.
• Sophomore Andrew Jaworski is averaging 20.0 points, 6.2 boards, and 2.0 assists, Oftring (14.2 pts, 7.3 reb) is shooting 59.1 percent from the floor, and Johnson (11.7 pts, 6.9 reb,) has posted a pair of double-doubles on the year.
• The Green and White owns a +5.8 rebounding margin and has held its opponents to just 31.2 percent from beyond the arc through nine contests. 

FORWARDS IN FOCUS
• Over the last five games, Oftring has produced one double-double while averaging 17.2 points on 59 percent shooting to go along with 6.4 rebounds.
• Not to be outdone, Bradanese has reached double figures in three of the last four games and is averaging 9.8 points and 6.8 boards off the bench during this stretch.

LIFE ON THE ROAD
• Since falling in overtime at Johnson & Wales in the season opener on November 11, the Beavers have recorded double-digit road wins at Lasell (82-58) and Amherst (68-55).
• Beginning this weekend's games in D.C., Babson will play six of its next nine games away from home, which includes its NEWMAC opener at Springfield on January 2.

STEPPING UP ON DEFENSE
• The Green and White, which has won four of its last five games following a 2-2 start to the year, has not allowed an opponent to shoot better than 40 percent in all of its victories during this stretch.
• Additionally, foes have connected on just 26.3 percent (25-of-95) of their attempts from beyond the arc over the last five contests.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 4-0 this season have won 24 of 25 games since the start of the 2016-17 campaign when holding their foes below 70 points.

 

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