Game Preview: Men's Basketball at WPI

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at WPI

Men's Basketball at WPI
Wednesday, February 6 | 8 p.m.
Harrington Auditorium | Worcester, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and WPI will meet for the 80th time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to the 1974-75 season.
• The Beavers are 49-30 all-time against the Engineers and have won eight straight in the series going back to 2015.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Brandon Johnson finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Babson built a 15-point second-half lead before holding off visiting WPI, 64-60, on January 5 in Babson Park.
• Junior Frank Oftring contributed 11 points, six boards, and a game-high four assists for the Beavers. Sophomore Reid Walker scored a game-high 17 points for the Engineers. 

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 (16-5, 7-3 NEWMAC) had won seven straight games before falling to Coast Guard, 73-58, on Saturday afternoon.
• Sophomore Kahleb Downing led WPI with 17 points, six rebounds and three assists, while first-year Logan O'Donnell added 15 points for the Engineers, who were outscored 43-28 in the second half. 
• Walker (14.2 pts, 5.9 reb, 2.9 ast) has two double-doubles on the year, Downing (10.8 pts, 4.4 reb, 3.2 ast) is averaging 13.8 points in the last four games, and first-year Colin McNamara (9.9 pts, 2.9 ast) is shooting 52.6 percent from the floor. 
• The Engineers, who are 10-0 at home this year and are shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc inside Harrington Auditorium.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (13-8, 6-4 NEWMAC) raced past Clark 102-65 to snap a four-game skid on Saturday afternoon.
• Johnson led three players in double figures with a game-high 16 points, junior Jack Coolahan scored 12 points on 5-of-5 shooting and sophomore Andrew Jaworski finished with 10 points and a career-high nine assists for the Beavers. 
• Jaworski (13.8 pts, 4.1 reb) has made at least two-three pointers in seven of the last 10 contests, Oftring (13.7 pts, 6.5 reb, 2.2 ast, 1.0 blk) has shot 61.5 percent over the last four games, and Johnson (12.3 pts, 6.8 reb, 1.0 blk) is shooting 47.8 percent from the floor in on the year.
• The Green and White leads the NEWMAC in blocked shots per game (4.4) and is holding its foes to just 32.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

SHOOTING BACK INTO THE WIN COLUMN
• The Green and White got points from all 14 players and shot a season-best 62.1 percent in Saturday's win at Clark. The Beavers' 57 first-half points were their most since February 15, 2017, when it put up 62 on the way to a 103-88 victory over Coast Guard.

UP TO THE CHALLENGE
• Babson, which is competing in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge for the third consecutive season, started with a bang on Saturday connecting on 15-of-25 shots from beyond the arc against the Cougars.
• Fans are encouraged to support the Beavers and the fight against cancer by pledging for each three-pointer the team makes during the month of February.

DEFENSE RULES THE DAY
• Both Babson and WPI rank among the top 50 nationally in adjusted defense per the Division III Efficiency Rankings. The Green and White is 48th and is allowing 1.01 points per possession in NEWMAC play, while the Engineers rank eighth in defensive efficiency and have given up just 0.91 points per trip in league play.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 10-0 this season and have won their last 20 games when holding the opposition below 70 points.