Flannery Surpasses 1,000 Points As Beavers Equal 1968-69 Team For Best Start In Program History
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) poured in a game-high 28 points and became the first sophomore in program history to surpass 1,000 points for his career, as sixth-ranked Babson College cruised past the Coast Guard Academy, 66-51, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Staake Gymnasium.
With its 10th consecutive victory, Babson (22-2, 12-1 NEWMAC) matched the 1968-69 team for the best start in program history and clinched its first league regular-season title since 2004. Coast Guard drops to 6-18 overall and 2-11 in conference play.
Flannery, who scored 18 points in the first half, went 12-of-16 from the field and grabbed three boards. Senior John Wickey (Manchester, N.H.) added 12 points and six rebounds, while first-year Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.) contributed nine points and a game-high seven boards for the Beavers.
Senior Kevin Alvarzez (Key Biscayne, Fla.) led the Bears with nine points, three rebounds and three steals. First-year Ethan Boose (New Philadelphia, Ohio) finished with eight points, while senior David Anderson (Goose Creek, S.C.) and first-year Micah Baldez (Lowr Gwynedd, Pa.) both scored seven points in the loss.
After struggling to find a rhythm over the opening 14 minutes, Babson ripped off a 21-2 run over the final 5:24 of the first half to take control of the game. Flannery scored 14 points during the spurt, including an emphatic dunk in transition to reach 1,000 points and give the Beavers a 20-14 lead with 4:35 to go in the stanza.
Following a Coast Guard turnover and a timeout, sophomore Sam Bohmiller (Franklin, Mass.) connected on a three-pointer from the right wing to push the lead to nine. Alvarez scored on the Bears' next possession, but Flannery knocked down back-to-back three-pointers before following a Wickey layup by with a hoop of his own to give the Green and White a 35-16 halftime lead.
Jacks opened the second half with a three-point play, and Flannery and Bohmiller answered a layup by Anderson with consecutive buckets to give the Beavers their biggest lead of the night at 42-18 with 16:55 to play. Coast Guard countered with a 16-6 run, getting three-pointers from Anderson, Baldez and first-year Darius Adams (Nassau, Bahamas), as well as a three-point play from classmate Zak Bradley (Dover, Fla.), to pull within 48-34 with just under nine minutes to play.
Flannery stopped the run though, knocking down a mid-range jumper before following a layup by Jacks with a three-point play to push Babson back in front 55-36 with 5:09 remaining in the game.
The Beavers shot 50 percent (27-of-54) from the field and outscored the Bears 38-22 in the paint. The Green and White also scored 26 points off 17 Coast Guard turnovers while enjoying a 38-29 edge on the glass.
The Bears shot just 36 percent (18-of-50) from the floor and 52.9 percent at the free throw line.
Both teams will wrap up the regular season on Saturday at 3 p.m. as Babson hosts MIT and Coast Guard takes on Springfield College.
GAME NOTES: Babson is now 48-26 all-time against Coast Guard and has won nine straight in the series going back to 2011…the 16 first-half points scored by the Bears are the fewest the Green and White has given up since allowing 14 to Clark in the 2013 NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinals…Flannery, who now has 1,020 points in just 51 career games, became the 26th player in program history to top the 1,000-point plateau…with 12 points on Wednesday, Wickey has now reached double figures in scoring in 27 of the last 28 games going back to last season…the Beavers' 12 NEWMAC victories are their most in conference play since winning 12 in the Constitution Athletic Conference (CAC) back in 1995-96…Babson is now 12-2 at home this season and has won 23 of its last 27 at Staake Gymnasium going back to the end of the 2013 season.