Weekend Preview: Men's Basketball Set to Open 2021 Campaign Against New England College

Weekend Preview: Men's Basketball Set to Open 2021 Campaign Against New England College

Men's Basketball vs. New England College
Saturday, February 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Staake Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.
Sunday, February 21 | 4 p.m. | Bridges Gym | Henniker, N.H.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 5-1 all-time against New England College in a series that dates back to 1959.
• The Beavers and Pilgrims met just once between 1964-1994, and have not played since hooking up in the 1997 Babson Invitational Tournament championship game.
• Sunday's visit to Henniker will be Babson's first since 1994.

LAST MEETING
• Mark Teller '98 poured in 31 points and Michael Kmiec added 23 to help the Beavers edge New England College, 98-96, in the consolation game of the Babson Invitational Tournament on November 22, 1997.
• Mark Giovino '98 chipped in with 15 points for the Beavers, who shot 53 percent in the win.
• Rob White and Dennis Dube scored 24 and 23 points, respectively, to lead the Pilgrims.

SCOUTING THE PILGRIMS
• New England College (0-0) brings back seven players from a team that went 21-7 and fell to Rensselaer in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Despite the loss of their top scorer, the Pilgrims return four starters highlighted by junior Jamal Allen, who averaged 15.8 points and knocked down a team-high 63 three-pointers last winter.
• Senior Calvin Cheek (12.3 pts, 5.3 reb, 3.9 ast) led Division III with 119 steals and junior Stephen Fama added 9.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 49.3 percent from the floor.
• New England College averaged 88.4 points per game and forced opponents into 23 turnovers per contest.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (0-0) returns 10 players from a team that finished at 20-7 overall after falling to Ithaca in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
• Senior Andrew Jaworski earned All-NEWMAC first-team honors and NABC All-District second-team accolades after averaging career highs of 17.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists last winter.
• Junior Colin Bradanese (10.2 pts, 5.1 reb) shot 58 percent from the floor, while sophomore Andrew Kirkpatrick chipped in with 6.6 points and 2.0 assists in 14 starts.
• The Green and White was one of the most efficient teams in Division III last winter averaging 85.0 points and putting up 1.13 points per possession.

SHARK ATTACK
• Jaworski, who surpassed 1,000 points in last season's NEWMAC Tournament loss to WPI, enters the season ranked 25th on Babson's all-time scoring list.
• He shot 41.2 percent from three-point range last winter and scored 20 or more points 10 times.

STRAIGHT SHOOTERS
• The Beavers ranked second in Division III shooting 78.6 percent at the free throw line and were 31st nationally connecting on 48.1 percent of their attempts from the floor.
• Additionally, the Green and White shot 53.9 percent from inside the arc.

CLOSE CALLS
• Babson played in 10 games that were decided by six points or less last season, four of which came against teams that reached the NCAA Tournament.
• The Beavers' five overtime games were also the second most going back to 1987. Only the 2015-16, which went to OT six times, played in more during this stretch.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers went 15-2 in 2019-20 when shooting at least 45 percent from the floor.

HOW TO WATCH
• Although no fans will be allowed inside Staake Gymnasium this winter, all of Babson's home games can be watched on the Babson Sports Network.

UP NEXT
• Following Sunday's trip to New England College, the Beavers are finalizing a home-and-home series against Lasell on February 27-28.

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