By Brian Willwerth (@BriWillwerth)
BABSON PARK – Babson College senior Joey Flannery is not ready to see his outstanding career as a Beaver come to an end.
In Saturday night’s 102-79 victory over Keene State in the Division III Sectional Final, Flannery led all scorers with 29 points, as all five Beavers starters scored in double-figures.
“It’s always good to hit a couple of shots early,” said Flannery, “but to get that confidence early I think is big for us.”
This is the eighth-straight game Flannery has topped the 20-point mark. He is averaging 30 points per game in the NCAA tournament.
On this particular evening, he and his teammates needed to be sharp. And they scored 51 points in the first half, yet only led the Owls by five (51-46) at the break.
“They scored 46 points, which in our minds is way too much in a half to let up,” said Flannery. “We had a defensive mindset going into the second half.”
Next up for Flannery and the rest of the Beavers: a matchup against Whitman College in the national semifinal in Virginia.
“It feels good to be heading back to Salem. We have got some unfinished business there,” said Flannery.
“We won’t get caught up in the hype being down there. We’ll be able to treat it like a business trip… and focus on the game as much as possible.”