BABSON PARK, Mass.—All five starters reached double figures as Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) scored a game-high 25 points to help 20th-ranked Babson College defeat Clark, 105-70, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.
With the win, Babson improves to 18-3 overall and 8-2 in league play, while Clark drops to 8-13 overall and 3-7 in the NEWMAC.
Coolahan went 9-of-14 from the floor, which included four three-pointers, and 3-of-3 at the free-throw line to go along with three rebounds and three steals to pace four Beavers in double figures. First-year Andrew Kirkpatrick (Winnetka, Ill.) scored 18 points, Junior Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) scored 15 points to go along with five boards, junior Crew Ainge (Wellesley, Mass.) contributed 13 points, nine assists and seven boards, and sophomore Colin Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) logged 11 points, six rebounds, and two blocks.
Junior Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) posted 24 points and nine boards, classmate Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) turned in 14 points to go along with eight rebounds, and junior Charles Stevens (Bronx, N.Y.) chipped in with 10 points to round out the double-figure scorers for the Cougars in the loss.
A steal by the Cougars and a three-pointer gave Clark the initial lead, but Coolahan sparked a 15-5 run for the Beavers when he responded with a three of his own. The Cougars came within two off back-to-back layups and a free throw with 8:45 left in the half, but back-to-back three-pointers by Kirkpatrick forced Clark to take a timeout trailing 27-19 with 7:18 on the clock. Out of the timeout, a jumper from Ainge sparked another run for the Beavers, who would head into the locker room up 51-31 at the half.
The Green and White shot 56.3 percent from behind the arc while picking up 19 boards on 20-of-36 shooting as Kirkpatrick and Coolahan combined for 29 first-half points.
Down 64-41 with 15:03 left in the game, Clark went on a 10-2 run to come within 15, but the Cougars would get no closer as the Beavers responded with a 15-5 run to lead 81-56 with 8:01 remaining. With just over three minutes left to play, Sophomore Beau Smith (Germantown, N.Y.) scored five of his nine points to get Babson to the 100 point mark, making the Beavers the fourth team this season to reach triple digits against the Cougars.
The Beavers shot 54.1 percent on the afternoon and committed just 10 turnovers while outscoring Clark 12-9 at the free-throw line and 24-17 off of turnovers.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday as Babson hosts WPI at 7 p.m., while Clark travels to Emerson for a 5:30 p.m. game.
• The Beavers are 36-39 all-time against Clark
• Babson is 13-0 on the year when holding their opponents below 50 percent shooting.
• The Green and White is the fourth team to reach three digits against the Cougars this season