Men's Basketball

2017 NCAA National Champions | 9 NCAA Tournaments | 11 Conference Championships

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Wheaton

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Wheaton

Men's Basketball at Wheaton
Saturday, February 8  | 1 p.m.
Emerson Gymnasium | Norton, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 49th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1989-90 campaign.
• The Beavers are 35-14 all-time and have won 17 of the last 19 against the Lyons.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Brandon Johnson led all players with 18 points and 10 rebounds as Babson built a 27-point second-half lead on its way to defeating visiting Wheaton, 77-65, on January 16 inside Staake Gymnasium.
• Junior Shyheim Ulrickson and sophomore Andrew Jaworski both scored 11 points, junior Jack Coolahan added nine, and classmates Frank Oftring and Julian Alexis each had eight points apiece for the Beavers.

LAST WHEATON WIN
• Ryan Fogarty '18 hit the go-ahead three-pointer with 1:40 to go as visiting Wheaton defeated Babson, 76-69, on February 10, 2018, inside Staake Gymnasium.
• Nick Comenale '18 finished with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting to go along with five rebounds and five assists, while Bradley Jacks '18 added 14 points and four blocks for the Beavers. Liam Bruno scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Lyons.

SCOUTING THE LYONS
• Wheaton (11-10, 2-9 NEWMAC) is looking to bounce back after falling to Springfield, 94-68, on Wednesday night
• Senior David Carbonello finished with 18 points and six boards, classmate Riley Tetreault and junior Matt Allegrezza recorded 12 points apiece, senior Duaka Ekwensi chipped in 13 points and three blocked shots. 
• Carbonello (16.5 pts, 4.9 reb, 2.5 ast) has scored in double figures in eight straight games, Ekwensi (16.0 pts, 6.0 reb, 1.2 blk) is shooting 48.9 percent from the field, and Tetreault (12.8 pts 6.8 reb) has recorded 13 three-pointers in the last three games.
• The Lyons are averaging a league-low 66.3 points in conference games, and rank next-to-last in field goal percentage defense (48.6). 

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (13-9, 6-5 NEWMAC) fell to WPI 70-61 on Wednesday night inside Harrington Auditorium and has dropped five of its last six games overall. 
• Jaworski led four players in double figures with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, while Oftring finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for the Beavers, who got outscored 19-10 over the final seven minutes. 
• Jaworski (13.9 pts, 4.0 reb) is shooting 58.6 percent in his last three outings, Oftring (13.5 pts, 6.6 reb, 2.3 ast) has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, and Johnson (12.2 pts, 6.6 reb) is shooting 51.9 percent from the floor this winter.
• The Green and White ranks third in league play in both scoring offense (77.0 points) and field goal percentage (47.3). 

RISE AND FIRE
• The Beavers lead the conference in made three-pointers (117), three-point attempts (300) and are averaging 10.6 triples on 39 percent shooting over their first 11 NEWMAC contests.
• Babson, which is competing in the Coaches vs. Cancer 3-Point Challenge for the third year in a row, has knocked down 37 trifectas over the last three games and has connected on at least nine three's in nine of the last 11 contests.

DEFENSE IN FOCUS
• In Babson's 13 victories this winter it has allowed just 64.9 points and 0.88 points per possession while holding the opposition to 39.3 percent shooting. In nine losses though, the Green and White is giving up 1.13 points per trip and foes are shooting 50.9 percent from the floor and 41 percent from behind the arc.
• Additionally, the Beavers are 10-0 when holding their opponents below 70 points and 8-0 when foes shoot below 40 percent.

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
• Through 11 NEWMAC contests, Coolahan ranks second in three-point field goal percentage (50.9) and third with 27 three-point field goals.
• Oftring ranks fourth in field goal percentage () and eighth in rebounds (6.3), while Johnson's 6.5 boards per game is good for sixth in the conference.
• Ulrickson ranks sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6) and eighth in assists (2.8).

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 10-3 this winter when leading at halftime.

//