Match Preview: Men’s Basketball vs. Clark

Men’s Basketball vs. Clark
Wednesday January 25 | 19 o’clock
Staake-Gymnasium | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 38-39 all-time against Clark in a streak dating back to the 1934-35 season.
• The Beavers have won 14 of their last 15 games against the Cougars since the 2013-14 season.
• The Green-Whites have won their last eight games at Staake Gymnasium since the 2013/14 season, averaging more than 20 points per game.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Kieran Dorney and second graders NateAmado both scored 17 points as Babson scored in an 85-61 win over Clark on February 12, 2022 at Staake High School.
• Dorney had his best sixth double-double with 11 rebounds and four assists as four Beavers finished in double figures. Colin Bradanese ’22 scored 14 points, James Welch ’22 added 12 points, and grad student Mitchell Kirsch ’22G contributed seven points and four boards, along with a game-high eight assists.
• Biko Gayman ’22G finished with 11 points, leading the Cougars.

RECOGNIZING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (10-7, 3-3 NEWMAC) has won his last two games, including a 79-60 Coast Guard conference ruling last Saturday in New London, Connecticut.
• Senior Andrew Kirkpatrick led four players in double figures with a game-high 20 points and connected 4-of-5 from three-point range. second grader Aidan Horan came off the bench and scored 14 points in 5-of-7 shooting, graduate student Ryan Cibull drilled four three-pointers to finish with 12 points along with six assists in the freshman year Timmy O’Toole added 12 points and five rebounds and classmate Tyler Lauder led all players with a career-high 10 boards.
• Amado (20.7 points, 7.5 reps) has missed seven straight games, Kirkpatrick (15.4 points, 3.0 points) extended his double-digit scoring streak to 13 straight games and Cibull (8.9 points, 2, 8 points) has scored double figures in his last six games, including a pair of 21-point games.
• The Green-Whites rank second in the NEWMAC for both defensive efficiency (0.93 points/ball possession), forced turnovers (15.9) and steals per game (9.5).

RECOGNIZING THE PUMAS
• Clark (10-7, 2-4 NEWMAC) slipped at home last Saturday in an 80-62 NEWMAC win over Springfield at Kneller High School after four games lost.
• Second-place finisher Isaiah Taylor had a team-best 22 points and gave up seven assists to lead a group of four Cougars who scored in double figures. Junior Jordan Richard contributed 15 points, second-year Ian Calabrese finished the tournament with 13 points off the bench and lost four three-pointers, and first-year Reid Neumann contributed 11 points. Sophomore Kekoa McArdle had a season-high with 16 rebounds and junior Mikey O’Brien had a career-high nine assists.
• Taylor (17.5 pts, 4.1 rebs, 4.7 best) is fifth in the NEWMAC in scoring and second in assists, while Neuman (12.1 pts, 4.8 rebs, 4, 7 best.) has hit double digits in five of his six conference games. O’Brien (10.2 points, 5.4 reps, 5.4 reps) leads the conference in assists and McArdle (9.5 points, 9.4 reps) is second in the league in rebounds and field goal percent (58.6).
• Clark leads NEWMAC and ranks sixth in Division III with 11.6 three-pointers per game and leads the conference and ranks 23rd in Division III in three-point field goal percentage (38.3).

NEWMAC NUMBERS
• Babson ranks second in scoring defense in the NEWMAC rankings, allowing 66.4 points per game. The Beavers are sixth in the conference in offense scoring, averaging 70.2 points per game.
• Clark is fourth in the conference on defense and conceded 72.6 points per fight. The Cougars lead the league with 81.9 points per game on offense.

CHECKING THE STANDS
• Wednesday’s games mark the halfway point in the NEWMAC schedule. The top five teams qualify for the conference tournament.
• Babson is tied 3-3 with Wheaton in third place, while Clark is fifth with Springfield and Coast Guard 2-4. WPI (6-0) has a one-game lead over Emerson (5-1) for the top spot.

ROOKIES DRAW THEMSELVES
• O’Toole started in all 17 games for the Beavers averaging 6.7 points and 6.9 rebounds (tied fifth in the NEWMAC) and also ranks fourth in the league with 1.8 steals per game. He’s hit double digits in two of his last three games.
Markus Woolhouse has started four of his 16 games averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. Lauder has started five of his nine games, averaging 3.2 points and 4.3 rebounds.

BEAVER BITES
• Cibull has averaged 14.7 points in his last six games, shooting 57.1 percent from the field (32 of 56) and 50 percent from three-pointers (12 of 24).
• Sophomore Aidan Horan scored a career-high 14 points in the win over the Coast Guard and made 5 of 7 shots, including 3-5 from long range.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 6-1 this season and 19-2 in the last two seasons as they overtake their opponents.
• Babson is 6-3 this winter and 26-7 since the start of the 2020/21 season, when he led at half-time.
• The Green-Whites have won 13 games out of 16 in the last two seasons when they forced 16 turnovers or more.

NEXT
• The Beavers are home this Saturday and will meet Emerson at Staake Gymnasium at 1:00 p.m.

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