WORCESTER, Mass.—Senior Brandon Johnson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) led three players in double figures with a game-high 16 points and visiting Babson College shot a season-high 62.1 percent on the way to defeating Clark University, 102-65, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Kneller Center.
Babson, which snapped a four-game skid, improves to 13-8 overall and 6-4 in league play, while Clark drops to 5-16 overall and 1-9 in the NEWMAC with its seventh loss in a row.
Junior Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) scored 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting and sophomore Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) finished with 10 points and a career-high nine assists. Juniors Julian Alexis (Somerville, N.J.), Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) and Shyheim Ulrickson (Topsham, Maine) and sophomore Matt Pattyson (Doylestown, Pa.) each contributed eight points for the Beavers.
Sophomore Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) scored 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, classmate Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists, and fellow sophomore Charles Pappas (Westminster, Mass.) chipped in with 11 points to lead the Cougars.
Clark led 10-9 after a layup by senior Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) before the Green and White ripped off a 21-2 run to seize control of the game. The Beavers scored on nine of 13 possessions as Pattyson buried a pair of triples, Coolahan connected on a three-pointer and Johnson scored on back-to-back trips to cap the spurt to make it 30-12 at the 7:32 mark.
Babson pushed its lead to 20 on a free throw two minutes later before closing the half on a 17-4 run. Jaworski hit consecutive triples and scored eight straight points to make it 50-24, Pattyson scored in the lane, Coolahan buried another three-pointer and Alexis canned a pair of free throws to give the Beavers a 57-24 bulge going to the locker room.
Johnson put up seven quick points and the Green and White scored on six of its first nine possessions to start the second half, extending the margin to 70-35 with 15:10 remaining. Alexis made it 73-36 with a three-pointer, Ulrickson and Coolahan made back-to-back layups, and sophomore Graham Dolan (Williamsville, N.Y.) converted a three-point play to give the Beavers an 80-41 advantage, their biggest of the afternoon, with 10:23 to play.
Babson shot 15-of-25 (60 percent) from three-point range, outscored Clark 34-28 in the paint and finished with a 39-28 rebounding advantage. The Beavers also dished out a season-high 24 assists.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson travels to WPI at 8 p.m., while Clark hosts Emerson at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 35-38 all-time against Clark and have won 14 of the last 16 matchups between the programs.
• After getting 56 points from its bench in January's 81-59 win over Clark, Babson got 52 points from its substitutes in Saturday's victory.
• The Green and White is now 10-0 on the year when holding the opposition below 70 points.
• Prior to Saturday, the last time the Beavers shot better than 60 percent from the floor was on December 2, 2017, in an 89-81 win over Brandeis.