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Senior Leadership Carries No. 3 Babson Past Skidmore in NCAA D3 Tournament Second Round

Chicago (CHI) vs Babson (BAB) December 31, 2016

A big effort from senior Joey Flannery and classmates helped Babson College defeat Skidmore in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. (PHOTO CREDIT: Babson College Athletics)

By David Tanklefsky (@DavidTanklefsky)

BABSON PARK, Mass. – For the third straight season, No. 3 Babson College men’s basketball is heading to back to the ‘Sweet Sixteen.’

The Beavers took control late during a back-and-forth second half to finish off Skidmore’s NCAA run with a 72-65 victory at Staake Gymnasium on Saturday evening.

“To lose this game is disappointing,” Skidmore coach Joe Burke said following his team’s seven-point setback. “To lose to them is not.”

Babson senior and three-time New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year Joey Flannery had 25 points and 10 rebounds, while junior Nick Comenale added 16 points and senior Charlie Rice grabbed nine rebounds and 12 points, including a corner three-pointer at the buzzer to give Babson a 36-29 lead at the break.

“I came off that ball screen (and) I was looking to attack, and I saw Chuck in the corner,” Flannery said after the game of Rice’s first half closing trifecta. “I have all the trust in the world in him, (so I ) just kicked it to him (and) I knew that was going in.”

It was a momentum-building play in a stilted first half for Babson, which shot just 34-percent from the field and 5 of 19 from beyond the arc.

Skidmore sophomore Jack Morrow opened up the scoring with an early three-pointer and connected on two more within the first 3:42 of play to give the Thoroughbreds an early advantage.

The Thoroughbreds converted four of their first five triples and led 14-6 with 15:41 remaining in the opening session.

Babson’s offense began to shows signs of life as the Beavers went on an 8-0 run with a Flannery three from the left side wing that tied tied the game at 14.

The Beavers took their first lead with 6:20 remaining in the first on a Comenale layup and went into the half up with a seven point advantage, thanks to Rice’s three-pointer.

Skidmore would get hot again in the second half, starting the stanza on a 21-9 run to secure a 50-45 lead.

The five-point advantage would shortly be forgotten when Comenale sent the packed crowd into histrionics with two gigantic triples, including the go-ahead trey that provided the hosts with a 53-51 advantage around the midway point of the second half.

The Thoroughbreds would take another five-point lead later in the half, going up 60-55 on a three from sophomore Jack Byrne. However, Burke admitted after the final horn sounded that his team was a little bit gassed by the final minutes, which is why a seven-point lead with just under six to play became a one point deficit.

Skidmore would never lead again as a Flannery steal led to a Rice layup that put Babson ahead, 65-62, with 1:34 remaining. Babson would convert its final free throws to secure the second-round victory.

“(It’s) definitely senior leadership,” Flannery said of his team’s resiliency in tight contests. “We had thee or four seniors on the court pretty much the whole game, so guys that have been there (and) guys that were on the ‘Final Four’ team.

“We never get nervous, even when we were down five or seven points late in the second half (because we said) ‘it’s our time.’”

Skidmore’s Edvinas Rupkus and Morrow led the way with 18 points each. As a team, they converted 13 of 36 three-pointers.

The Beavers advance to the’ Sweet Sixteen’ for a fourth time in school history and will face No. 14 Tufts on Friday, March 10th.

Mass. College Hoops: Highlights From Babson-Trinity (VIDEO)

By NoontimeSports.com 

In case you missed the exciting comeback last night by the Babson College men’s basketball team then revisit their NCAA Division III Sectional Tournament victory against Trinity College (Conn.) in a highlight package (below!), courtesy of the Athletic Department’s YouTube Channel.

Babson rallied to force overtime last night with a Joey Flannery layup with 13 seconds remaining before the Beavers outscored the Bantams, 10-3, during the extra session, which secured the win and a trip to this upcoming weekend’s Final Four in Salem, Virginia.

The Beavers will take on Augustana (Ill.) at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20 at the Salem Civic Center. A win for the Green and White would pit them against the winner of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Points and Virginia Wesleyan.

 

Following their exciting victory, Flannery, John Wickey and head coach Stephen Brennan discussed the postseason contest with the media – and the video of that interview is below.

Mass. College Hoops: Babson, Tufts Advance To NCAA D3 Semifinals

By Matt Noonan 

Trailing 41-33 at the break, Babson rallied to force overtime, outscoring Trinity College (Conn.) down the stretch, 43-28, to claim a 76-69 victory on Saturday evening in the NCAA Division III Sectional Finals.

With the win, Babson advances to it first-ever NCAA “Final Four,” which is scheduled to take place next Friday, March 20 in Salem, Virginia. The Beavers will face the winner of Augustana (Ill.)-Marietta.

Virginia Wesleyan also punched it ticket to the semifinals, knocking off Randolph-Macon, 49-47. They will face the winner of East-Texas Baptist vs. Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Babson’s John Wickey led all players with 23 points, Joey Flannery chipped in 20 points, four rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block, and Sam Bohmiller sank two crucial free throws in overtime that sealed the victory.

Trinity was led by Shay Ajayi, who finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and one steal. Jaquann Starks added 21 points and eight boards for the Bantams, while Ed Ogundeko added 10 points off the bench.

Babson tailed a majority of the second half until Flannery jumpstarted a late rally with a full court dunk following a steal on defense. He would add a layup roughly 16 seconds later that evened the score at 66-66 and forced an extra session.

In overtime, Babson and Trinity swapped buckets until Matthew Droney drilled a three-pointer with 54 seconds remaining, which pushed the Beavers ahead for good. Bohmiller and Flannery extended the lead with a pair of free throws, respectively.

Tufts 58, FDU-Florham 52: The Jumbos are headed back to Final Four as they defeated the defending national champion Devils in Cousens Gymnasium in Medford in the NCAA Sectional Finals.

Tufts’ Lauren Dillon led all scorers with 14 points, while Shalette Brown and Alyssa McDonough paced FDU-Florham with 12points apiece. Tufts also received double-doubles from Hayley Kanner and Michela North, as the two players combined for 23 points and 21 rebounds.

The Jumbos trailed, 30-28, at the break, but outscored the Devils during the second stanza, 30-22. Tufts began pulling away late in the second half when Kanner recorded a layup with 8:07 remaining. North netted back-to-back free throws that pushed the Jumbos ahead 47-42, but the Devils did close the gap with a pair of free throws from Delisha Thompson and a layup by Brown with 5:27 remaining.

Both teams traded baskets over the next few minutes before Dillon sank a trifecta with 3:34 left, which was followed by one Emma Roberson free throw. Dillon clinched the victory with 55 seconds remaining, sinking one of two free throws. Kanner also converted one free throw before Tufts’ Josie Lee collected the game’s final rebound – a missed free throw – that sealed the win.

Tufts will take on Thomas More next Friday, March 20 in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a chance to contend for the National Championship on Saturday, March 21. Tip off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

George Fox and Montclair State will tangle in the second semifinal at 7 p.m. with the winner advance to the following day’s title round.

Mass. College Hoops: D3 Conference Tournament Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

A variety of conference championships and semifinals took place this afternoon and below are their outcomes.

Men’s Basketball: 

* No. 7 Amherst 80, Trinity (Conn.) 62

* No. 9 Williams 78, Middlebury 75

* MIT 64, No. 11 WPI 46

* Mitchell 72, Elms 71 (NECC Championship) – Mitchell earned an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament

* Bridgewater State 83, Salem State 73 (MASCAC Championship) – Bridgewater State earned an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament

* Gordon 69, Nichols 65 (CCC Conference Championship) – Gordon earned an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament

* Springfield 85, Babson 77 (OT)

Women’s Basketball: 

* No. 6 Tufts 57, Trinity (Conn.) 47

* No,. 9 Amherst 45, No. 23 Bowdoin 42

* Smith 64, Babson 58

* Bridgewater State 73, Framingham State 66 (MASCAC Championship) – Bridgewater State earned an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament

* Regis 71, Elms 43 (NECC Championship) – Regis earned an automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament

* Springfield 78, Wheaton 63

Mass. College Hockey: Babson, UMass-Boston Earns Spots On D3Hockey.com Preseason Poll

By Matt Noonan

Both Babson College and UMass-Boston each earned spots on the D3Hockey.com Men’s Top-15: Preseason Poll, which was released earlier this week

The Beacons were selected as the ninth best team in the country, while Babson checked in as the 12th best team. 

UMass-Boston enters the 2013-14 season following a 19-6-2 overall record and 11-5-2 mark in ECAC East play. Babson ended its 2012-13 slate 18-7-5 and 10-5-3, along with an ECAC East Conference Championship. 

The Beavers defeated the Beacons in the ECAC East semifinals before they edged Norwich University in the conference championship, 2-1. The Cadets, who had lost three games last year to the Beavers, defeated Babson in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Both Babson and UMass Boston will commence their seasons on Saturday, November 2, as the Beavers host Curry College, while the Beacons travel to UMass Dartmouth. 

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