Flannery, Ross Propel Babson Past MIT, 65-47

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BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Joey Flannery (Acton, Mass.) poured in 24 points and senior Kenny Ross (Furlong, Pa.) chipped in with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists helping Babson College pull away from MIT, 65-47, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action on Wednesday night at Staake Gymnasium.

With its second consecutive win, Babson moves to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the NEWMAC, while MIT drops to 11-4 overall and 3-2 in league play.

Senior Matt Palazini (Franklin, Mass.) added 12 points and junior John Wickey (Manchester, N.H.) contributed 11 for the Beavers. Classmate David Mack (Holden, Mass.) grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and dished out a career-high six assists.

Junior Matt Redfield (Los Altos, Calif.) had 15 points and eight boards while classmate Andrew Acker (Merion Station, Pa.) added 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for the Engineers. Sophomore Justin Pedley (Kennewick, Wash.) scored 10 points.

MIT made 10 of its first 17 field goal attempts, getting 16 points from Acker and Redfield, to take its biggest lead of the game at 21-14 with 6:31 left in the first half. Babson responded though, getting hoops from Ross and Flannery following a timeout to get within 21-18. Redfield knocked down a pair of free throws for the Engineers, but the Beavers scored the final seven points of the stanza, taking a 25-23 lead into the locker room on a buzzer-beating put back from Mack.

The Green and White scored on seven of its first eight possessions to start the second half and drained four early three-pointers to push the lead to 43-35 with 14:41 to go. MIT got back within 48-40 on a trifecta from Pedley with 9:14 left in the game, but the Beavers, led by eight points from Ross, ripped off a 12-0 run that was capped by a transition slam from Flannery to take a 60-40 lead at the 5:47 mark.

During the decisive second-half run Babson held the Engineers to just two field goals while forcing eight turnovers during an 11-minute stretch to take control of the game.

The Beavers shot 43.6 percent (24-for-55) on the night and knocked down seven of its 11 three-pointers after halftime. Babson also scored 14 of its 18 points off turnovers in the second half.

MIT shot 40.4 percent (19-for-47) from the floor and held a 36-29 edge on the glass. The Engineers also outscored the hosts 20-16 in the paint and had 11 second-chance points.

GAME NOTES: Babson's win snapped a six-game losing streak to MIT and pushed its edge in the all-time series to 46-19…The Beavers are now 10-0 on the year when leading at halftime, and going back to last season have won 16 of their last 17 games in which they led at the break…All six of Babson's home wins this season have been decided by double figures…The Beavers are 5-0 on the year when holding opponents to 50 points or less.