Bears Drop Third Straight

Nolan Benson
Nolan Benson

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Seniors Nick Comenale and Bradley Jacks combined for 42 points as Babson defeated visiting Coast Guard, 81-65, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Staake Gymnasium.

With its third straight win, Babson improves to 8-6 overall and 3-0 in league play, while Coast Guard slips to 8-4 overall and 0-3 in the NEWMAC.

Comenale led all scorers with 22 points and Jacks added 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go along with four assists in just 17 minutes for the Beavers. Sophomore Frank Oftring scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and pulled down six rebounds, while junior Brandon Johnson chipped in with 13 points, five boards and three steals.

Senior Micah Baldez finished with 17 points and six rebounds, junior Nolan Benson scored a season-high 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and sophomore Noah Baldez added 11 points and team highs of seven boards and four steals for the Bears.

Coast Guard made nine of its first 11 shots and led 21-10 just over six minutes into the contest. Comenale knocked down back-to-back triples and Oftring scored five straight points as part of an 11-0 spurt that gave the Green and White a 28-25 lead with 6:42 to go until halftime.

The Bears went back in front 29-28 on a layup by Benson before the Babson finished the stanza with a 14-4 burst to take a 42-33 lead into the break. Coast Guard responded to begin the second half, getting 11 points from Micah and Noah Baldez as part of a 13-2 run to go in front 46-44 with 15:41 to play.

The Beavers took the lead for good on back-to-back hoops by Oftring, and got three straight hoops from Comenale as part of a 12-0 run that turned a 51-all deadlock into a 63-51 lead with 7:09 to play. Coast Guard got as close as 10 on a layup by Benson at the 5:27 mark, but Jacks followed with eight straight points, which included consecutive three-pointers, to extend the margin to 17 with just over three minutes remaining

Babson, which knocked down 12 trifectas, shot 48.4 percent overall and finished with 18 assists on its 31 field goals.

The Bears, who outscored the Beavers 40-24 in the paint, finished 1-of-9 from three point range and shot just 54.5 percent (12-of-22) at the charity stripe and had a season-high 23 turnovers.

Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Clark at 1 p.m., while Coast Guard takes on WPI in its conference home opener at 3 p.m.

Bears Drop Third Straight
January 10, 2018 Bears Drop Third Straight