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Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Bates

Game Preview: Men's Basketball at Bates

Men's Basketball at Bates
Sunday, November 24 | 2 p.m.
Alumni Gym | Lewiston, Maine

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 14-13 all-time against Bates in a series that dates back to 1960.
• The home team has won the last four meetings between the teams going back to 2016 and the Beavers are looking for their first win in Lewiston since 1992.
• Each of Babson's last three losses to the Bobcats (2015, 2016, 2018) have come by five points or less.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Frank Oftring and Brandon Johnson '19 both scored 17 points and the Beavers closed the game with a 12-2 run on the way to defeating Bates, 75-65, on November 28, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Sophomore Colin Bradanese chipped in with 10 points for Babson, which committed just three turnovers.
• Senior Jeff Spellman finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Max Hummel added 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Bobcats.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
• Bates (1-0) opened the season with an 84-70 win over Husson on Wednesday night.
• Spellman led all players with 28 points and Nick Gilpin added 14 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range for the Bobcats, who built a 17-point halftime lead.
• Bates returns six of its top seven scorers from a team that finished 7-17 last year, highlighted by Spellman, who averaged 15.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
• Tom Coyne (11.1 pts, 3.0 ast) shot 41.1 percent from the floor, and Kody Greenhalgh (9.0 pts, 2.7 ast) made a team-high 46 three-pointers last winter.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (4-0) stayed unbeaten with a 92-68 win over Salve Regina last Saturday.
• Senior Jack Coolahan scored a season-high 22 points, while Oftring and Bradanese added 15 and 14 points, respectively, for the Beavers, who shot 61 percent against the Seahawks.
• Coolahan (15.8 pts, 5.0 reb) and junior Andrew Jaworski (15.8 pts, 5.8 reb, 2.8 ast) have both scored in double figures three times, Oftring (12.8 pts, 4.5 reb, 2.5 ast) is shooting 66.7 percent, and junior Crew Ainge (11.3 pts, 4.8 ast, 4.5 reb) leads the Green and White with nine steals.
• Babson is shooting 54.4 percent from the floor and is averaging 9.8 three-pointers per outing.

BALL SECURITY
• Ainge ranks 14th in Division III with a 6.33 assist-to-turnover ratio, and as a team that Beavers rank fourth in the country entering the weekend with a 2.48 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Despite finishing with 12 last Saturday, the Beavers have committed just 31 turnovers over their first four games.

HIGH-PERCENTAGE LOOKS
• The Green and White is shooting 64 percent on two-point field goal attempts and is averaging 45 points in the paint through four contests.
• Overall, Babson has scored 62.5 percent of its points in the paint or at the free throw line to start the year.

HISTORY LESSON
• The Green and White has scored over 90 points in each of its first four games, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1996.
• That season the Beavers scored 106 in an OT loss to Norwich, 100 in a win over Suffolk, 99 in a victory over Western New England and 104 in a rout of WPI between February 3-10.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have turned its opponents turnovers into 20 or more points in each of their first four games.

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