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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. WPI

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. WPI

Men's Basketball vs WPI
Saturday, January 5 | 2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and WPI will meet for the 79th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1974-75 season.
• The Beavers are 48-30 all-time against the Engineers and have won seven straight in the series going back to 2015.

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Andrew Jaworski paced five players in double figures with a game-high 16 points to help Babson defeat WPI, 68-59, on February 7, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Junior Shyheim Ulrickson had 13 points and four assists, while senior Brandon Johnson scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Beavers.

LAST WPI WIN
• Domenick Mastascusa scored 15 points and Aaron Davis added 13 points as the Engineers defeated the Beavers, 67-57, on January 14, 2015, in Babson Park.
• Sam Longwell also scored 12 points for WPI, which shot 50 percent and built a 13-point halftime lead. Eric Dean '15 led all scorers with 18 points, while Sam Bohmiller '17 added 15 for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• WPI (9-3, 0-1 NEWMAC) is looking to snap a three-game skid after falling to No. 7 MIT, 74-44, on Wednesday night at Rockwell Cage.
• Sophomore Reid Walker had 10 points and four boards, classmate Ethan Harrell chipped in with eight points, and fellow sophomores Kahleb Downing and Colin McNamara both recorded seven points for the Engineers, who committed a season-high 28 turnovers.
• Walker (16.0 pts, 6.4 reb, 3.2 ast) has reached double figures in scoring in 11 of 12 games, sophomore Garrett Stephenson (12.8 pts, 6.7 reb) is shooting 59.8 percent from the floor, and junior Jake Wisniewski (11.8 pts, 6.7 reb) was held scoreless in the loss at MIT.
• The Engineers, who are 4-1 on the road this year, have shot just 38.7 percent over the last three outings. 

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (8-4, 1-0 NEWMAC) stunned Springfield with a 67-64 win in the conference opener for both teams on Wednesday night.
• Junior Jack Coolahan, who hit the game-winning three-pointer with 1.0 second remaining, led all players with a career-high 21 points and classmate Frank Oftring added 19 points, seven boards and four assists as the Beavers erased a 10-point deficit over the final eight minutes
• Jaworski (16.8 pts, 4.8 reb) is shooting 50 percent in his last three outings, Oftring (13.8 pts, 6.6 reb, 1.3 blk) has eight blocks over the last five games, and Johnson (13.1 pts, 6.8 reb) is shooting 52.8 percent, which is good for seventh in the conference. 
• The Green and White is tied for 18th in the country averaging 5.0 blocked shots per game, and is holding its foes to just 32.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

IT AIN'T OVER TILL IT'S OVER
• Wednesday's comeback marked the largest second-half deficit the Beavers have overcome since trailing then-No. 1 Whitman by 12 (67-55) with 12:53 to go in the national semifinals of the Division III tournament on the way to capturing the program's first championship back in 2017.

PAST SUCCESS AGAINST THE ENGINEERS
• Jaworski shot 54.2 percent and averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 rebound and 2.0 assists in two games against WPI last year.
• Not to be outdone, Johnson contributed 14.5 points on 50 percent shooting and 9.0 boards in a pair of 2018 matchups against the Engineers.

DEPENDING ON THE DEFENSE
• The Green and White is allowing just 0.97 points per possession and ranks 42nd nationally in adjusted defense according to the Division III Men's Basketball Efficiency Rankings.
• In addition to holding its first 12 foes 5.92 three-point field goals per game, Babson has limited the opposition to 37.8 percent shooting in its eight wins.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 4-0 this season and have won 16 of their last 18 games when forcing at least 16 turnovers.

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