HENNIKER, N.H.—Senior Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) led three players in double figures with 24 points to lift visiting Babson College to an 80-73 win over New England College in men's basketball action on Sunday afternoon at Bridges Gym.
With the victory, Babson improves to 2-0. New England College, which is coming off a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2019-20, falls to 0-2 on the year.
Jaworski finished 11-of-22 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds, while first-year John Gorgol (Scottsdale, Ariz.) contributed 12 points, five boards and three steals for the Beavers. Senior Matt Pattyson (Doylestown, Pa.) came off the bench to score 10 points and sophomore Andrew Kirkpatrick (Winnetka, Ill.) dished out a game-high nine assists in his season debut.
Sophomore Jamal Allen (Dorchester, Mass.) poured in 25 points for the second game in row to lead the Pilgrims. Junior Calvin Cheek (Mattapan, Mass.) finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals, while classmate Kareem Octavien (Cambridge, Mass.) added 11 points in the loss.
Leading by one eight minutes into the contest, the Green and White broke the game open with a 24-6 run. Junior Colin Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) and Jaworski combined for 10 consecutive points to extend Babson's advantage to 27-16 at the 9:37 mark, and the trio of Gorgol, Pattyson and junior Beau Smith (Germantown, N.Y.) combined to score 12 straight points as the Beavers' opened their biggest margin of the game at 41-22 with 1:51 to go before halftime.
Allen closed the first half with three consecutive triples and then knocked down two free throws just over a minute into the second half to pull New England College back within 41-35. Jaworski responded with back-to-back hoops and Kirkpatrick buried a three-pointer to cap a 7-0 burst that helped Babson push its lead back to 48-35 with 17:04 to play in the game.
The Pilgrims got as close as eight three times and pulled within six at 75-69 thanks to a free throw by sophomore Stephen Fama (Lynnfield, Mass.) with 2:30 remaining. They would get no closer though, as Pattyson buried a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to extend the Beavers' lead back to nine with 2:05 left.
Babson shot 52.5 percent from the floor and outscored New England College 32-26 in the paint. The Beavers also finished with a 38-31 edge on the glass.
The Pilgrims shot 38.6 percent from the floor but outscored the Green and White 21-8 at the free throw line.
Babson returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Lasell at 4 p.m., while New England College travels to Northern Vermont University-Lyndon on Thursday at 6 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 7-1 all-time against New England College.
• Sunday marked Babson's first visit to Henniker to face the Pilgrims since 1994.
• The Beavers' bench trio of Pattyson, Smith and junior James Welch (Needham, Mass.) combined to score 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting in Sunday's victory.
• Jaworski passed Erik Dellasanta '93 for 24th place on Babson's all-time scoring list with 1,075 career points.