By Rory Duyon
BABSON PARK, MA — The Babson men’s basketball team opened the home half of their schedule with a win over Framingham State in a 61-59 thriller at Staake Gymnasium. The Ladies did their part as well, opening the doubleheader with a 64-35 blowout over Brandeis.
Babson 61 – Framingham State 59 (Men’s Basketball):
It was the very definition of a team effort for the Babson men, who had 10 players in the scoring column, but it had its share of scary moments. The Beavers led by as many as 14 points, 50-36 with 14:00 remaining in the second half, but as coach Stephen Brennan said after the game, “[they] started playing not to lose.”
Framingham started to slowly chip away at the lead before ripping off a 9-0 run to get within a point at 53-52 on a basket in the paint by Allen Saint-Surin. The teams traded two point baskets down the stretch until Framingham’s returning leading scorer Marcus Mclaurin sank a three to tie it up, 59-59 with a minute to go.
Coming out of a timeout, Babson junior Marcus McDermott took matters into his own hands, attacking the hoops for a tough go ahead layup. Framingham had a number of tries at the equalizer, but Matt Palazini, playing with four fouls, took a charge to turn the ball over once, while Andre Santana put back rimmed in and out as time expired.
The Beavers improve to [2-0] on the young season with the win. They will play Connecticut College on Saturday in Rhode Island at the Roger Williams Tournament.
Babson 64 – Brandies 35 (Women’s Basketball):
It was business as usual for the Babson women, who made quick work of Brandeis, starting the game on an 18-1 run. Brandeis cut into the lead by the break and got as close as seven points. Junior Sarah Collins had a monster first half for the Beavers. After 20 minutes she was nearly on pace for a quadruple double with five points, 5 rebounds, six blocks and four steals. Foul trouble would eventually take her off that pace, but she played a tremendous game.
With the score 26-19 in the first minute of the second half, Brandeis turned up the heat with a 17-3 run to break the game open. Nicki Wurdeman went on a 9-0 run of her own. She finished with a double-double, which entailed 19 points and 11 rebounds, (6 offensive). Classmate Kathleen King led all scorers with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
The Lady Beavers upped their record to [2-0], while Brandeis fell to [1-1].
Babson travels to Williamstown, MA for the Williams Tip Off Tournament where they will play Tufts University on Saturday and Williams College on Sunday.