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Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. No. 14 Amherst

Game Preview: Men's Basketball vs. No. 14 Amherst

Men's Basketball vs. No. 14 Amherst
Wednesday, December 3 | 7 p.m.
Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 15-24 all-time against Amherst in a series that dates back to 1977.
• The Beavers have won two straight games in the series and the Beavers and Mammoths have split their last eight meetings going back to 2012.
• The road team has won eight of the last nine matchups between the teams with Babson defeating Amherst 72-71 on three free throws with 0.5 seconds remaining for the lone home win during this stretch back in 2017.

LAST MEETING
• Senior Frank Oftring paced a balanced attack with 12 points as Babson defeated the Mammoths, 68-55, on December 6, 2018, in Amherst.
• Brandon Johnson '19 finished with nine points and a game-high nine rebounds, while senior Jack Coolahan, junior Matt Pattyson and sophomore Colin Bradanese added eight points apiece for the Beavers.
• Junior Grant Robinson scored a game-high 17 points for Amherst, which trailed by eight at the half and shot just 33.8 percent in the loss.

SCOUTING THE MAMMOTHS
• No. 14 Amherst (3-1) is coming off a stunning 68-67 loss at Westfield State last Tuesday.
• Robinson scored 17 points and senior Josh Chery added 11 for the Mammoths, who gave up 16 offensive rebounds and were unable to hold onto a 10-point second-half lead.
• Junior Fru Che (14.5 pts, 5.3 reb) is shooting 55.8 percent, senior Eric Sellew (12.3, 8.5 reb, 3.5 ast) has posted two double-doubles, and junior Garrett Day (9.5 pts, 2.3 ast) has knocked down a team-high 10 three-pointers.
• Amherst ranks first nationally in three-point field goal defense (7.5 percent) and second in Division III in scoring defense allowing just 52.8 points per game.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (6-0) remained unbeaten with a 76-66 win at Bowdoin on Sunday afternoon.
• Coolahan scored a game-high 19 points and junior Crew Ainge added 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Beavers, who closed the game with a 12-2 spurt.
• Coolahan (15.3 pts, 5.3 reb) has reached double figures in scoring five times in six outings, junior Andrew Jaworski (13.5 pts, 7.0 reb, 3.3 ast) recorded his first double-double of the year at Bowdoin, and Oftring (13.2 pts, 7.2 reb) is shooting 50.7 percent from the floor.
• The Green and White ranks third in Division III in both fewest turnovers per game (8.7) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.04).

WINNING EFFICIENTLY
• The Beavers are one of just three teams along with No. 5 St. Thomas (Minn.) and No. 9 Randolph-Macon that rank in the top 25 in both adjusted offense and adjusted defense according to Matt Snyder's/FFTMAG Division III Efficiency Rankings.
• The Beavers rank 18th in offensive efficiency scoring 113.2 points per 100 possessions and are 21st on defense allowing just 91.7 points per 100 possessions.

BEAVER BITES
• The Green and White has put at least five players in double figures in three of its first six games to start the year.
• Ainge, who leads the team in assists (4.5) and steals (2.0) in addition to averaging 11.8 points, ranks 13th in Division III in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.86) and 40th in free throw percentage (91.7).
• Babson is averaging 41.5 points in the paint and is shooting 57.4 percent on its two-point field goal attempts.
• The Beavers have won their last six outings against NESCAC foes and are 11-3 overall going back to 2016-17 against the league.

THROWBACK SZN
• As part of the College's Centennial Celebration the Beavers will debut their new throwback uniforms against Amherst on Wednesday night.
• The throwbacks with the script font are a nod to the uniforms worn by Babson during the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 4-0 this season and have 25 of their last 26 games going back to the start of the 2017-18 seasons when holding their opponents below 70 points.

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