BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) scored 24 points and classmate Crew Ainge (Wellesley, Mass.) added 22 as 23rd-ranked Babson College defeated the United States Coast Guard Academy, 96-84, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
With its fourth straight win, Babson improves to 16-3 overall and 6-2 in league play, while Coast Guard slips 7-11 overall and 2-6 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) scored 19 points, first-year Aaron Gao (Bridgewater, N.J.) contributed a season-high 11 points to go along with six boards and two assists, and classmate Andrew Kirkpatrick (Winnetka, Ill.) added 10 points for the Beavers. Jaworski added six rebounds and Ainge led all players with six assists in the victory.
Senior Packy Witkowski (Melrose, Mass.) poured in a game-high 28 points, while sophomore Tyler Perez (Ponta Vedra Beach, Fla.) added 16 points and six rebounds to lead the Bears.
The Green and White trailed by as many as eight in the opening five minutes, but closed the first half with a 29-11 run to build an 18-point lead at the break. Sophomore James Welch (Needham, Mass.) knocked down a three-pointer to break a 27-27 deadlock, Coolahan scored six consecutive points and Jaworski drilled another triple to make it 39-28 at the 6:20 mark.
Ainge scored seven of Babson's next 11 points and Kirkpatrick, junior Matt Pattyson (Doylestown, Pa.) and first-year Matt Corey (Londonderry, N.H.) all contributed points before the half to extend the lead to 56-38 at the break. Kirkpartick scored on the opening possession of the second half, Coolahan followed with a triple, and sophomore Colin Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) connected on his only field goal of the afternoon to give the Green and White its biggest lead of the game at 63-40 with 17:55 remaining.
Ainge scored going to the hoop and Gao converted a three-point play when Coast Guard pulled as close as nine with under nine minutes to play. Perez scored on back-to-back trips to get the hosts within 88-82 at the 2:02 mark, but Jaworski answered with two free throws and a three-pointer to get the lead back to nine with under a minute to go.
The Beavers shot 46.6 percent and outscored the Bears 42-26 in the paint and 23-7 off of turnovers. Coast Guard shot 53.7 percent overall and went 10-of-20 (50 percent) from distance.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as Babson travels to MIT, while Coast Guard visits Springfield.
• The Beavers are 57-27 all-time against Coast Guard and have won 18 of the last 19 meetings against the Bears.
• Babson has also won 10 in a row on the road ast Coast Guard since 2011.
• The Beavers are 7-1 overall in the road this winter and have won 37 of their last 43 conference road games.
• Babson is now 9-0 on the year when four or more players score in double figures.