Men’s Basketball Eases Past Wheaton, 80-65

Men’s Basketball Eases Past Wheaton, 80-65

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting to help visiting Babson College cruise to an 80-65 victory at Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Emerson Gymnasium.

With the win, Babson improves to 14-9 overall and 7-5 in league play, while Wheaton drops to 11-11 overall and 2-9 in the NEWMAC with its third straight loss.

Junior Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) buried four three-pointers and finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while classmate Julian Alexis (Somerville, N.J.) came off the bench to score 11 points for the Beavers. Senior Brandon Johnson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with nine points and junior Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) led all players with four assists.

Senior David Carbonello (Windham, N.H.) poured in 34 points and grabbed nine boards, while Robby Lowey (Foxboro, Mass.) added 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting to pace the Lyons.

Deadlocked at 13-13 nine minutes into the contest, the Green and White seized command with a 22-6 run. Sophomore Matt Pattyson (Doylestown, Pa.) canned a three-pointer, Johnson followed up a hoop by first-year Colin Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) with five straight points, and Coolahan turned a steal into a layup on the other end to make it 25-13. Wheaton scored six of the next eight points but Alexis answered with a jumper and back-to-back triples to give the Beavers a 35-19 edge with 3:54 to go in the opening stanza.

The Lyons, who trailed 41-31 at the break, got as close as seven early in the second half on a layup by Carbonello. The momentum was short-lived however as Coolahan and Jaworski combined for 14 points over the next five possessions to extend the margin back to 59-44 with 14:58 to play.

Jaworski gave Babson its biggest lead of the game with a triple to make it 64-46 at the 11-32 mark, and knocked down his fourth three-pointer of the game to push the advantage back to 69-55 after Wheaton had closed to within 11 points with just over seven minutes to play.

The Beavers shot 50.8 percent from the floor and 52.2 percent from beyond the arc while turning the hosts seven turnovers into 15 points. The Lyons shot 43.9 percent for the game but were just 3-of-11 from distance.

Both teams return to action on Wednesday on 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Emerson, while Wheaton takes on Coast Guard.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are 36-14 all-time against Wheaton and have won 18 of the last 20 games in the series.
• Coolahan, who ranks second in the NEWMAC in three-point field goal percentage, Jaworski and Alexis combined to go 10-of-13 from beyond the arc in Saturday's victory.
• Over the last four contests, Babson is averaging 12.3 three-point field goals.
• The Beavers are now 11-0 this season and have won 21 straight games when holding their opponents below 70 points.