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Game Preview: No. 20 Men's Basketball vs. Clark

Game Preview: No. 20 Men's Basketball vs. Clark

No. 20 Men's Basketball vs. Clark
Saturday, February 8 | 2 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 35-39 all-time against Clark in a series that dates back to the 1934-35 season.
• The Beavers have dominated the series as of late but saw their 11-game winning streak against the Cougars come to an end in an OT loss back in January in Worcester.
• Babson has won its last six games against Clark inside Staake Gymnasium going back to 2014.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Biko Gayman scored 25 points, classmate Tyler Davern added 23 anddsf Clark rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to rally for a 92-89 OT victory over Babson on January 18 in Worcester.
• The Cougars shot 57.9 percent after halftime and put five players in double figures to record their first win over the Beavers since 2014.
• Junior Andrew Jaworski scored 31 points and senior Jack Coolahan added 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS
• Clark (8-12, 3-6 NEWMAC) has dropped its last five games and was routed, 102-62, at WPI on Wednesday night.
• Davern posted a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds and Gayman added 15 points for the Cougars, who trailed by 23 at the half.
• Gayman (19.9 pts, 5.3 ast) ranks third in the league in scoring, Davern (18.0 pts, 9.2 reb) has recorded six double-doubles on the year, and sophomore Joel Artega is averaging 8.8 points and 4.0 boards.
• Clark, who is currently tied for the fifth and final NEWMAC playoff spot, is allowing 83.7 points in league play.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 20 Babson (17-3, 7-2 NEWMAC) has won its last five games and is coming off a 90-85 OT victory at MIT on Wednesday.
• Coolahan knocked down seven three-pointers and finished with 33 points and Jaworski matched his career high with 32 points for the Beavers, who rallied from a six-point deficit late in regulation.
• Jaworski (18.4 pts, 6.2 reb) is averaging 23.1 points in NEWMAC play, Coolahan (18.1 pts, 4.0 reb) is shooting 54.2 percent from the floor, and junior Crew Ainge (11.7 pts, 4.6 ast, 4.1 reb) ranks third in the league in assists.
• The Green and White ranks 19th in Division III in field goal percentage (49.2) and 25th in scoring offense averaging 86.9 points.

FILLING IT UP
• The 65 combined points by Coolahan and Jaworski in Wednesday's win at MIT are the most by a Babson duo at least a decade.
• Joey Flannery '17 and John Wickey '15 combined for 63 in the 2014 season opener against Salve Regina, while Flannery and Isaiah Nelsen '17 put up 60 and 62, respectively, in two games against Tufts during the Beavers run to a national championship in 2017.

PATROLLING THE PAINT
• Since re-entering the starting lineup on January 22 at Wheaton, sophomore Colin Bradanese is averaging 2.6 blocked shots.
• He had four in Wednesday's victory, including a stuff of Alex Cho on MIT's final possession of regulation.
• During this stretch he has posted a pair of double-doubles and is averaging 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 56.8 percent on two-point attempts.

TAKING CARE OF THE LITTLE THINGS
• The Beavers, who have turned the ball over on just 12.4 percent of their possessions in nine conference games, average fewer turnovers per game (9.9) than all but two Division III programs (St. Thomas, Nazareth).
• They also rank seventh nationally with a 1.60 assist-to-turnover ratio and have committed more turnovers (12) than assists (11) just once this season – an 84-81 loss to Springfield back on January 8.
• In addition to taking care of the ball, the Green and White ranks fourth in Division III shooting 78.5 percent at the free throw line.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 12-0 on the year when holding their opponents below 50 percent shooting.

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