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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Springfield

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Springfield

Men's Basketball at Springfield
Wednesday, January 2 | 7 p.m.
Blake Arena | Springfield, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Springfield will meet for the 64th time on Wednesday night in a series that dates back to the 1976-77 campaign.
• The Beavers are 24-39 all-time against the Pride but have won 10 of the last 12 games between the programs.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Jake Ross led four players in double figures with 23 points and the Pride used a 26-6 second-half run to defeat Babson, 77-65, on February 17, 2018, in Springfield.
• Junior Heath Post added 18 points and 14 rebounds for Springfield, while Nick Comenale '18 led the Beavers with 19 points.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Comenale poured in 28 points and sophomore Andrew Jaworski hit five three-pointers and finished with 19 points as the Beavers routed Springfield, 83-60, on January 3, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Senior Brandon Johnson added 14 points and seven rebounds for Babson, while Ross finished with 27 points, 16 boards, six assists and five steals for the Pride.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (3-8, 0-0 NEWMAC) enters league play having dropped seven of its last eight games following a 74-59 loss to Eastern Connecticut on Sunday.
• Ross had 28 points and Post contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Pride, who were outscored 45-26 in the second half.
• Ross (21.8 pts, 6.8 reb, 3.4 ast) leads the conference in scoring, Post (16.7 pts, 9.2 reb) is second in the league in rebounding, and senior Came Earle (11.6 pts, 2.3 ast) is shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc.
• Springfield, which reached the Division III Final Four last season, has dropped five straight home games.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (7-4, 0-0 NEWMAC) is coming off a 74-65 win over Catholic in the consolation game of the Cardinals' tournament on Sunday.
• Johnson scored 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Jaworski and junior Frank Oftring both added 11 points for the Beavers, who shot 48.2 percent for the game.
• Jaworski (17.4 pts, 5.0 reb) ranks seventh in the league in scoring, Johnson (13.9 pts, 6.6 reb) is second on the team in points and rebounds, and Oftring (13.4 pts, 6.9 reb, 2.2 ast) is shooting 56.3 percent.
• The Green and White, which is averaging 4.8 blocked shots per game, has won three straight road contests.

BIG WEEKEND IN D.C.
• In addition to his 21-point outing against Catholic, Johnson matched his career high with 27 points in the Beavers' loss to N.C. Weslayan on Saturday.
• In two games in the nation's capital, Johnson averaged 24.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 71.4 percent from the field.

NEWMAC COACHES MAKE THEIR PICKS
• Babson finished fourth in the league's preseason poll back in November, while Wednesday's foe Springfield picked up one first-place vote and came in second behind defending conference tournament champion MIT.
• The Engineers along with Coast Guard and Wheaton all enter NEWMAC play with just one loss.

DEPENDING ON THE DEFENSE
• The Green and White is allowing just 0.97 points per possession and ranks 40th nationally in adjusted defense according to the Division III Men's Basketball Efficiency Ratings.
• Babson has held the opposition below 40 percent shooting in six of its seven victories this season.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have won each of their last five NEWMAC by at least 17 points.

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