Strong defensive effort falls short as Lyons fall to Babson, 52-45

Strong defensive effort falls short as Lyons fall to Babson, 52-45

NORTON, Mass. – Senior Shawn Daily (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Mount Saint Michael's Academy) pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds in Wheaton College's 52-45 loss to Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Emerson Gymnasium.

Daily also added six points, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 25 minutes for the Lyons (8-8, 2-3 NEWMAC), who were led in scoring by sophomore Will Bayliss (Manchester, N.H./Tilton Academy) with 12 points. Freshman David Mack (Holden, Mass./Worcester Academy) came off the bench to score a game-high 14 points for Babson (10-8, 3-3 NEWMAC), which has now won two-straight following a three-game losing skid.

Both teams struggled to score points all afternoon. Babson shot 35.3 pct. from the field (18-of-51) while the Lyons made 17 of their 53 attempts (32.1 pct.) from the field. Each was equally inefficient at the free throw line with the Lyons making half of their attempts (6-of-12) while Babson sank 14-of-23 (60.9) from the charity stripe. The difference in the contest was turnovers, as Wheaton turned the ball over 20 times which led to 27 points for the Beavers.

The two teams combined to shoot 6-of-19 to start the contest with Babson opening up a 12-5 edge midway through the first half. The Lyons – who made one of their first 11 shots – answered by draining four-consecutive shots to cut the Babson lead to 17-14 with seven minutes to go. Freshman Eddie Capstick (Worcester, Mass./Marianapolis Prep) sparked Wheaton off the bench with five points during the stretch. Babson took a 25-21 lead into the locker room behind seven points apiece from Mack and junior Russell Braithwaite (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Mark's School). Daily paced the Lyons with six points and 10 boards.

The Lyons trailed by as many as nine in the second half before a jumper by Bayliss tied the score at 41 with 5:49 remaining. Junior Alex Rudolph (Bel Harbour, Fla./Miami Country Day) answered with a three-pointer to put the Beaver up three at 44-41, and they maintained a lead of no less than four points the remainder of the contest.

Braithwaite finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three steals while Rudolph went for 10 points and four rebounds. Senior Anthony Weeks (Fitchburg, Mass./Worcester Academy) knocked down three 3-pointers for the Lyons and finished with nine points.  

The Lyons return to action on Wednesday when they head south for a NEWMAC contest with Coast Guard at 7:30 p.m. Babson heads to Bowdoin Tuesday for a 7 p.m. contest.