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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Clark

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. Clark

Men's Basketball vs. Clark
Wednesday, January 12 | 2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Clark will meet for the 72nd time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1934-35 season.
•The Beavers are 33-38 all-time against the Cougars but have dominated the series as of late winning 12 of the last 14 matchups between the teams.

LAST MEETING
•Junior Frank Oftring led four players in double figures with 17 points as Babson defeated visiting Clark, 80-67, on February 3, 2018, in Staake Gymnasium
• Nick Comenale'18 and senior Brandon Johnson chipped in with 13 points apiece, while junior Julian Alexis came off the bench to score a career-high 11 points, all in the second half for the Beavers. Luca McCormick led all scorers with 19 points for the Cougars. 

LAST CLARK WIN
•Andrew Musler poured in 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and the Cougars built a 17-point second-half lead before holding off Babson, 71-70, on January 25, 2014, in Worcester, Mass.
•Senior David Mercier added 12 points for Clark, which led 65-48 with 8:51 to go. John Wickey '15 and Joey Flannery '17, who had his potential game-winning shot go in-and-out in the closing seconds, each scored 23 points to lead the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• Clark (5-9, 1-2 NEWMAC) downed Springfield, 86-79, on Wednesday to earn its first conference win while snapping a four-game losing streak.
• Junior Brendan Kittredge led the team with 19 points and eight boards, sophomore Anthony Grzembski came off the bench to score 17 points, and sophomore Tyler Davern chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds as the Cougars outscored the Pride 56-40 in the second half. 
• Davern (16.4 pts, 6.7 reb) ranks eighth in the league in scoring, Kittredge (14.9 pts, 6.6 reb, 2.3 ast) is shooting 52.4 percent, and sophomore Biko Gayman (13.2 pts) is shooting 66.7 percent from behind the arc in conference play.
• Clark is scoring 78.9 points per game but have allowed opponents to shoot 47.5 percent on the year. 

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (10-4, 3-0 NEWMAC) ran past Coast Guard, 85-76, to pick up its four straight win and share the conference lead with Emerson on Wednesday night.
• Junior Jack Coolahan poured in a career-high 28 points, Johnson finished with 13 points, five boards and three assists, and Oftring scored 12 points to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds and four assists in the win. 
• Sophomore Andrew Jaworski (15.3 pts, 4.6 reb) has shot 50 percent from the field in his last four of his last five outings, Oftring (13.5 pts, 7.4 reb, 1.1 blk) has scored in double figures in nine of the last 10 games while shooting 55.5 percent, and Johnson (13.2 pts, 6.8 reb) is shooting 52.8 percent from the floor in all games.
• The Green and White leads the NEWMAC in blocked shots per game (4.7) and is holding its foes to just 30.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

COUGAR HUNTER
• In two games against Clark last season, Oftring averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 77.8 percent (14-of-18) from the floor.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
• The Beavers have won their first three NEWMAC outings by a total of just 16 points, while Clark's first three league games have all been decided by seven points or less.
• Clark (76) and Babson (75) rank first and second, respectively, in three-point field goal attempts through the first three conference games.

COOLAHAN CATCHING FIRE
• Coolahan has twice scored more than 20 points and is averaging 19.0 points while shooting 65.6 percent from the floor and 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from three-point range.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 53-6 in NEWMAC regular season play going back to the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

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