Worcester, Mass. – The combination of D.J. Bailey (Palmer, Mass.) and Mitch Renshaw (Rutland, Mass,) combined for 44 points and 16 rebounds on 18-for-20 shooting as host Clark University collected a much-needed 67-54 win over Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Saturday afternoon.
The win for the Cougars is their second straight and improves their record to 10-10 overall and 3-5 in league play, while the Beavers go to 11-11 and 4-5 in conference action.
Both Bailey and Renshaw set career-highs in the contest as Bailey scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and Renshaw netted 16 of his 24 in the game's first 20 minutes. The most impressive part of their performances was their shooting, as Bailey went a perfect 10-for-10 from the field and Renshaw was 8-for-10.
Babson actually had a 19-9 lead in the game's first ten minutes following a conventional three-point play from David Mack (Holden, Mass.).
Moments later Renshaw dropped in the first of his five three-pointers, igniting a 21-6 run over the next eight plus minutes giving the Cougars a 30-25 edge before settling for a 32-29 halftime lead.
The second half started out extremely well for Clark, as they went on a 12-4 run in the first six minutes to take their first double digit lead at 43-33 on a Marcus Armstrong (Malden, Mass.) triple with just under 15 minutes remaining.
Babson had the Clark lead down to six a few minutes later and it stood at seven when the Cougars went on another scoring burst – this one a 9-0 spree highlighted by a pair of Bailey finishes, including a one-handed dunk on the break off a feed from Drew Billington (Fairfield, Conn.).
The Beavers made one final push, getting the lead down to 11 after a three-point play from Marcus McDermott (Milton, Mass.) and an inside hoop from John Wickey (Manchester, N.H.).
Clark had the answers however, as Bailey converted another inside hoop and Jake Gubitose (Fiskdale, Mass.) and Renshaw knocked down three-pointers to secure the victory for the Cougars.
The win marked the second straight game in which Clark has shot 60 percent or better (60.5) from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc (52.6).
Babson, meanwhile, struggled to find its shooting touch, going just 2-for-21 from three-point land and making just 37 percent of its attempts.
Clark held a 35-27 edge on the glass, while the Beavers forced 22 Cougar miscues and turned them into 21 points.
Mack was the only Babson player in double figures, finishing with 11 points and five rebounds in 18 minutes.
Both teams are back in action on Wednesday when they each hit the road for conference contests. The Cougars visit Coast Guard, while the Beavers head to national-y ranked MIT.