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Fast Start Helps Men’s Basketball Cruise Past Suffolk, 97-70

Fast Start Helps Men’s Basketball Cruise Past Suffolk, 97-70

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Crew Ainge (Wellesley, Mass.) led six players in double figures with 17 points as Babson College built a 24-point halftime lead on the way to defeating visiting Suffolk University, 97-70, on the second day of the Babson Invitational Tournament on Sunday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.

With the win, Babson improves to 2-0, while Suffolk falls to 1-1 on the year.

Ainge went 6-of-9 from the floor and led all players with five assists, while senior Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) and sophomore James Welch (Needham, Mass.) both scored 14 points for the Beavers. Fellow sophomore Beau Smith (Germantown, N.Y.) contributed 14 points and six rebounds, junior Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) finished with 11 points and eight boards, and classmate Matt Pattyson (Doylestown, Pa.) chipped in with 10 points.

Coolahan, who led all players with nine rebounds on Sunday, and Ainge were both named to the Babson Invitational All-Tournament team. 

Junior Alex Jacovides (Tampa, Fla.) scored 16 points and sophomore Max Bonney-Liles (Hudson, N.H.) added 12 points and four assists for the Rams.

Coolahan and Ainge converted three-point plays around a trifecta by Jaworski to stake the Green and White to a 9-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest. Jaworski scored twice in the paint, Pattyson came off the bench to connect on a pair of three-pointers, and sophomore Colin Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) knocked down jumper as the Beavers extended their advantage to 23-4 at the 11:55 mark of the opening half.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Ainge and Coolahan made it 40-13, and Welch buried another triple to give Babson its biggest lead of the stanza at 53-24 with 53 seconds to go before halftime. Suffolk used a 12-2 run that spanned parts of both halves to pull within 55-36 on a three-pointer by Jacovides with 17:48 to play, but Ainge responded pair of hoops and senior Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) canned a trifecta to push the margin back to 63-39 with 13:45 remaining.

The Rams would get no closer than 22 the rest of the way as the Beavers' lead ballooned to as many as 34 with less than three minutes to go.

Babson shot 50 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc while making 15 three-pointers. The Green and White also held Suffolk to just 30 percent shooting in the opening half and outrebounded the Rams 41-33 on the afternoon.

Babson returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Lasell for a 7 p.m. tip, while Suffolk hosts Lasell next Saturday at 1 p.m.

• The Beavers are 34-31 all-time against Suffolk although Sunday's contest was the first between the teams in over a decade.
• Babson put six players in double figures for the first time since an 84-71 OT win at MIT on January 13, 2018.
• The Beavers are 53-14 all-time in the Babson Invitational Tournament.
• Babson's 48 bench points on Sunday are its most since getting 52 from its reserves in a 102-65 rout of Clark on February 2 of last year.