Beavers Go 19-of-20 at the Free Throw Line To Extend NEWMAC Road Winning Streak To 16
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.—Junior Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) led all players with 23 points and 11 rebounds to help visiting Babson College edge Springfield College, 68-64, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Blake Arena.
With its sixth consecutive win, Babson is now 16-5 overall and 10-1 in league play, while Springfield drops to 9-13 and 5-6 in the NEWMAC.
Sophomore Bradley Jacks (Fort Washington, Md.) added 12 points and seven rebounds, while junior Isaiah Nelsen (North Andover, Mass.) contributed 12 points and six boards for the Beavers. Sophomore Nick Comenale (New York Mills, N.Y.) finished with nine points, six rebounds and three assists, and junior Charlie Rice (Barnstable, Mass.) chipped in with eight points off the bench.
Graduate student Josh Altman (Rockport, Mass.) scored 22 points and senior Josh Downes (East Sandwich, Mass.) added 18 points to lead the Pride.
Jacks and junior Sam Bohmiller (Franklin, Mass.) scored 10 of Babson's first 12 points, and the Beavers took their biggest lead of the game at 26-14 on a free throw by Nelsen with 7:33 to go in the first half. Flannery scored six late points to keep the Green and White in front 34-29 at the break, but Springfield scored on six of its first seven possessions to open the second half to pull even at 43 on a jumper by sophomore Brandon Eckles (East Greenwich, R.I.) with 16:01 remaining.
The Pride used an 8-0 run to take its biggest lead of the contest at 53-47 with 11:21 left, but Flannery scored five points during a 10-3 burst that put Babson back in front 57-56 on a trey by Comenale with 4:56 to play. Eckles drained a jumper on the following possession to give Springfield a one-point edge, but Flannery followed with two free throws and Nelsen added a three-point play to put the Green and White up 62-58 at the 2:38 mark.
Two free throws apiece from Flannery and Rice extended the Beavers' lead to 66-60 with 1:32 remaining. The Pride scored on its next two trips to get within two, and then sent Downes to the charity stripe with a chance to tie the game with 13 seconds left. He missed the front end of a 1-and-1 though, and Flannery pull down the rebound a knocked down two free throws at the other end to make it four-point game.
The Beavers shot a season-low 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from the floor, but finished 19-of-20 at the free throw line. The Green and White also outscored Springfield 34-18 in the paint and finished with a 42-27 edge on the glass, including 11 offensive rebounds leading to 17 second-chance points.
The Pride shot 41.1 percent (23-of-56) overall and held a 13-2 advantage in points off turnovers.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 2 p.m. as Babson hosts Clark, while Springfield takes on Emerson.
• Babson is 20-38 all-time against Springfield and has won five straight and six of the last seven meetings between the teams.
• The Beavers have won 16 consecutive NEWMAC road games going back to February of 2014.
• Flannery has reached double figures in 33 straight games and has scored 20 or more in 12 of the last 13 contests going back to December.
• The Beavers, who suffered their toughest shooting night since a 49-47 NCAA Tournament Sectional Semifinal win over Johns Hopkins last March, have won seven straight games when shooting below 40 percent.