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Game Preview: No. 20 Men's Basketball at MIT

Game Preview: No. 20 Men's Basketball at MIT

No. 20 Men's Basketball at MIT
Wednesday, February 5 | 7 p.m.
Rockwell Cage | Cambridge, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 56-25 all-time against MIT in a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season.
• The Beavers snapped a three-game skid in the series with a win over the Engineers 11 days ago in Babson Park.
• Five of the last nine games between the programs have been decided by six points or less, which includes OT finishes each of the last two years inside Rockwell Cage.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Jack Coolahan scored 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting as the then-22nd-ranked Beavers defeated MIT, 72-52, on January 25 in Babson Park.
• Sophomore Colin Bradanese added 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting for Babson, which used a 30-12 run that spanned parts of both halves to build a 23-point lead just over five minutes after the break.
• First-year Kael Kordonowy scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting to lead the Engineers.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• MIT (10-9, 3-5 NEWMAC) has dropped three of its last four games and is coming off an 86-57 setback against Emerson on Saturday.
• Sophomores Dan Pillsbury and Giannis Chatziveroglou both scored 14 points to lead the Engineers, who shot just 35.3 percent and committed 23 turnovers.
• Junior Ian Hinkley (19.8 pts, 6.9 reb) is shooting 42.2 percent from beyond the arc, Kordonowy (10.9 pts, 5.8 reb, 2.8 ast) is shooting 55.3 percent from the floor, and Chatziveroglou (10.1 pts, 5.2 reb) is averaging 13.2 points over the last five games.
• MIT is shooting 43.6 percent and averaging just 0.90 points per possession in conference play.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 20 Babson (16-3, 6-2 NEWMAC) has won its last four games and is coming off a 96-84 victory at Coast Guard on Saturday.
• Junior Andrew Jaworski scored 24 points and classmate Crew Ainge added a season-high 22 to go along with six assists for the Beavers, who put five players in double figures.
• Jaworski (17.6 pts, 6.4 reb, 2.5 ast) is averaging 22.0 points in NEWMAC play, Coolahan (17.3 pts, 4.0 reb) is shooting 53.6 percent from the floor, and Ainge (11.9 pts, 4.7 ast, 4.2 reb) ranks third in the conference in assists.
• The Green and White is averaging a league-best 85.9 points and putting up 1.14 points per possession in conference games.

JAWORSKI COLLECTS LEAGUE HONOR
• After averaging 25.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 51.4 percent in wins over Emerson and Coast Guard, Jaworski was tabbed as the NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
• The honor was the second in three weeks for Jaworski, who ranks second in league play in scoring and is shooting 48.1 percent over his first eight NEWMAC outings.

TAKING CARE OF THE LITTLE THINGS
• The Beavers, who turn the ball over on just 13.4 percent of their possessions, average fewer turnovers per game (9.9) than all but three programs in Division III. They also rank seventh nationally with a 1.60 assist-to-turnover ratio.
• Babson's 84-81 loss to Springfield back on January 8 marks the only time this season it has finished with more turnovers (12) than assists (11).
• In addition to taking care of the ball, the Green and White ranks fourth in Division III shooting 78.7 percent at the free throw line.

SPLASH BROTHERS
• Coolahan, who leads the NEWMAC with 26 triples and Jaworski, who is tied for second with 22, have combined to shoot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc over the first month of conference play.
• Coolahan needs just one more three-pointer to become the 12th player in Babson history to make at least 60 in a season.
• Jaworski is currently tied with John Wickey '15 for 10th place on the program's all-time list with 119 career trifectas.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 10-0 this season when at least four players reach double figures in scoring.

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