-Score: Babson College 68, Clark University 64
-Records: Clark (3-12, NEWMAC 0-4), Babson (9-6, NEWMAC 4-0)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
-The Lead: In a battle that saw a total of nine ties and 11 lead changes, the Clark University men's basketball team fell to the Beavers of Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Biko Gayman (Fort Pierce, Fla.) led all scorers with 20 points in the setback for Clark.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Beavers got things started with a layup from junior Brandon Johnson (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) but Gayman put up a three pointer and a jumper to give the Cougars a 5-2 lead at the 17:42 mark.
-First year Andrew Jaworski (Tolland, Conn.) responded with a trey and a layup of his own to put Babson back on top 7-5 but the game saw its first tie when senior John Pisacreta (Andover, Mass.) sank a jumper just seconds later.
-With 13:25 on the clock the Beavers took a four-point lead on a three from Shyheim Ulrickson (Topsham, Maine) but a basket from behind the arc from Luca McCormick (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) quickly closed the gap back to one point, 15-14.
-Babson took their largest lead to the game when sophomore Julian Alexis (Somerville, N.J.) hit a jumper from the wing with just under three minutes to play in the half, 31-26.
-Clark went on a 3-0 run that included four points from junior Adam Converse (Woodstock, Conn.) and a three-pointer from freshman Tyler Davern (Webster, Mass.) to reclaim a 33-31 lead with 1:35 on the clock.
-Johnson started scoring for the half and ended scoring for the half as he drove to the basket for two and tied the game at 33-33 to head into the halftime break.
-The Beavers came out of the locker room hot and started the second half on a 3-0 run to take a seven point lead, 40-33, just over a minute into play and the Cougars called a full timeout.
-Just out of the timeout Gayman found Converse in the corner for three and the Cougars ended Babson's run and were back within four with 18:32 to play, 40-36.
-This sparked a 3-0 run for Clark and Gayman snuck his way under the basket for two and tied the game at 40 apiece with 17:19 on the clock.
-After three minutes of scoreless play and outstanding defense from both teams, freshman Patrick Bugler (Marblehead, Mass.) pulled down an offensive rebound and fed the ball to his classmate Anthony Grzembski (Webster, Mass.) who knocked down a layup to give Clark back the lead, 42-40. This was the start of a 4-0 run for the Cougars that gave them their largest lead of the game, 49-40, when McCormick sank a trey at the 13:20 mark.
-Back to back Beaver three-pointers from Nick Comenale (New York Mills, N.Y.) and Jack Coolahan (Newtown, Penn.) knotted the game at 51-51 and two minutes later Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) pushed the visitors ahead by five with five unanswered points, 58-55.
-The Beavers never gave up their lead again and took home the ultimate 68-64 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
-Gayman led all scorers with 20 points for Clark. McCormick and Pisacreta also posted double-digit scoring with 12 and 11 points respectively.
-Oftring led the Beavers to victory with 18 points to go along with nine rebounds on the day. Ulrickson and Jaworski posted 12 points each in the win.
-Babson shot 48.2% from the field while Clark shot 35.4%
-The Cougars shot 66.7% while the Beavers shot just 37.5% from the free throw line.
-Clark edged Babson in rebounds, 40-38.
-Clark travels to Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, January 17th for a NEWMAC game at 7:00 p.m.
-Babson is on the road again on the same day as they travel to NEWMAC foe, Wheaton College for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.