NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's basketball team hosted top-ranked Babson College Wednesday night in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action with the Beavers leaving Emerson Gymnasium with a 78-64 victory.
Wheaton was led by 16 points from junior Ryan Fogarty who finished 5-for-16 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. Fogarty also picked up six rebounds and one assist. Timothy Berry netted 10 points, while collecting a team-high eight rebounds. First-year Alex DuBrow added 12 points from the bench.
Senior Joey Flannery scored a game-high 20 points and 11 boards for the Beavers (19-1; 9-0 NEWMAC). Flannery, who also chipped in five assists, was 7-of-17 from the floor and a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Isaiah Nelsen chipped in 14 points for Babson, while Charlie Rice finished with 11 and Bradley Jacks knocked down 10 points in the win. Chirs Lowry ended the contest with a game-high six assists.
The Lyons caught the Beavers off guard to start the first half, surging to a quick 4-0 lead with baskets from Matt Allegrezza and Liam Bruno. Nelsen finally put Babson on the board two minutes into the game with a layup that cut the deficit in half. Berry pushed the Wheaton lead to five points, the teams largest of the game, with 17:20 on the clock with a three-pointer from the corner. Nelsen capped off a 7-2 run by Babson that knotted the game at nine-all, before hitting a free-throw to complete an untraditional three-point play, giving the Beavers the lead.
The Beavers used the next nine minutes to push their lead to 10 points, 26-16, with 6:38 to go until intermission. Fogarty managed to cut the Wheaton deficit to single digits with seven unassisted points over the following two minutes. Babson responded by holding Wheaton to just eight points the rest of the way, while tacking on 13 more to take a 45-31 advantage into halftime.
There was little the Lyons could do in the second half as the Beavers quickly pushed ahead by 20 points on a Lowry three-pointer just three minutes into the frame.
Wheaton shot 31.3% (21-67) from the floor, while Babson finished 28-of-58 (48.3%). Both teams found success at the free-throw line with the Beavers holding a slim advantage, draining 17-of-19 (89.5%) to the Lyons 18-for-21 (85.7%).
Wheaton (9-11; 4-5 NEWMAC) returns to NEWMAC action on Saturday, Feb. 4 for a 3 p.m. contest at Springfield College (10-10; 4-5 NEWMAC).