BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior John Wickey scored a game-high 18 points and classmate David Mack added 16 points and six rebounds as Babson College defeated Coast Guard 76-56 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Staake Gymnasium.
With its third straight win Babson is now 13-4 overall and 4-2 in the NEWMAC, while Coast Guard drops to 4-13 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
Freshman Joey Flannery chipped in with 13 points and a game-high eight boards for the Beavers, while senior Kenny Ross dished out a game-high six assists.
After a sluggish start, a three-pointer by Anderson, followed by five straight points from freshman Adrian Chuquillangui gave Coast Guard an 18-13 lead at the 11:24 mark. Babson rallied though, making eight of its next 13 field goals to outscore the Bears 28-11 over the final 9:47 of the first half to grab a 41-29 lead after 20 minutes.
The Beavers, who shot a blistering 53.8 percent (14-for-26) in the opening stanza, buried six three-pointers and got 12 points from Wickey and nine from Flannery in the half.
Leading 53-39 with 14:15 to go Babson used a 13-2 run to put the game out of reach. Wickey finished a layup, Flannery knocked down two free throws and Ross and first-year Sam Bohmiller followed with back-to-back three-pointers to make it 63-39. A pair of free throws by senior Matt Palazini two possessions later helped the Green and White take its biggest lead of the game at 66-41 with 9:32 remaining.
Seven straight points by Benedict, followed by a jumper from senior Devante Weems and two free throws from Benedict got Coast Guard back within 66-52 at the 5:43 mark. Four points from Mack and layups by Palazini and Wickey helped the Beavers stretch the lead back to 74-54 with under three minutes to play.
Babson shot 54.9 percent (28-for-51) on the afternoon and outscored the Bears 22-6 off turnovers and 32-20 in the paint. The Beavers also held a 33-28 advantage on the glass.
Both teams return to action on Wednesday night as Babson travels to Clark for a 7 p.m. tip and Coast Guard hosts nationally-ranked WPI at 5:30 p.m.