NEWTON, Mass.—Junior Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) recorded his first career double-double with 28 points and 11 rebounds to help visiting Babson College defeat Lasell University, 93-70, in non-conference men's basketball on Wednesday night inside the Lasell Athletic Center.
With the win, Babson improves to 3-0 for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign, while Lasell falls to 0-2 on the year.
Senior Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) scored 18 points on 9-of-12 shooting, junior Crew Ainge (Wellesley, Mass.) contributed 11 points, seven assists, four steals and four rebounds, and classmate Matt Pattyson (Doylestown, Pa.) chipped in with 10 points off the bench for the Beavers. Senior Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Pa.) and first-year Aaron Gao (Bridgewater, N.J.) also chipped in with nine points apiece in the victory.
Junior Kevin Nunez (Dorchester, Mass.) finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists to pace the Lasers, who put four players in double figures. Classmate Jonathan Friberg (North Attleboro, Mass.) added 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting to go along with seven boards.
The Green and White scored on six of its first possessions to jump out to a 13-3 lead less than four minutes into the contest. Coolahan and Pattyson both connected on three-pointers and Jaworski chipped in with six points as part of a 16-0 run that extended the margin to 31-8 on a layup by sophomore Beau Smith (Germantown, N.Y.) with 9:57 to go in the stanza.
Lasell cut its deficit to 38-23 on two free throws by junior Dylan Murray (Williston, Fla.) with 2:49 to go in the half, but Babson responded with a 13-6 spurt that included six points from Jaworski and a late transition bucket by Ainge following a steal to push its lead back to 51-29 at the break. The Lasers refused to go quietly though, getting a three-point play by Friberg and seven consecutive free throws, five of which came from Nunez, to get as close as 68-58 with 8:42 to play in the contest.
The momentum was short-lived however, as Pattyson capped a 9-2 run with a three-point play to stretch the Beavers lead back to 17 with 6:24 remaining, and the Green and White scored on each of its final six possessions of the game while closing with a 12-0 spurt.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts Salve Regina at 2 p.m., while Lasell travels to Suffolk at 1 p.m.
• The Beavers are 14-3 all-time against Lasell and have won seven consecutive meetings in the series.
• Babson shot 61.1 percent in the first half while scoring 37 of its 51 points in the paint or at the free throw line.
• The Beavers turned 16 Lasell turnovers into 25 points and has now scored at least 20 points off of turnovers in each of their first three games.
• The last time Babson scored 90 or more points in three straight games came in 2016-17 when it opened the year by putting up 101 against Albertus Magnes, 90 versus Lasell and 99 against Anna Maria.