Men's Basketball Celebrates Seniors; Fall to Babson 80-65

Men's Basketball Celebrates Seniors; Fall to Babson 80-65
SCORE: Wheaton 65 - Babson 80
 

RECORDS: Wheaton (11-11, 2-10 NEWMAC) - Babson (14-9, 7-5 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College men's basketball team honored its four graduating seniors, David CarbonelloDuaka EkwensiNick Geremia, and Riley Tetreault prior to the start of the teams New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest against the Babson Beavers. In the rematch, the Beavers officially swept the series, defeating Wheaton 80-65. 
  • Carbonello led Wheaton with a career-high and game-high 34 points on a 12-23 night from the floor. The senior guard also finished 8-of-11 from the free-throw line, while pulling down a team-high nine rebounds. Robby Lowey ended the game with 12 points, while Tetreault chipped in nine. 
  • Andrew Jaworski led the Beavers with 23 points in the win, while Jack Coolahan netted 19. Julian Alexis chipped in 10 points from the bench. Brandon Johnson finished one point shy of a double-double, scoring nine points while pulling down a game-high 10 boards.  
  • Ekwensi got the game going with a quick jumper, handing the Lyons the lead out of the gate. The Lyons continued to push, taking its largest lead of the game moments later on the first of two Carbonello three-pointers, making it a 9-5 contest with 16:02 left in the first-half. The two sides traded baskets for the next five minutes before Babson took the lead back for good on a Matt Pattyson three with 10:50 to go in the opening frame. The basket sparked a 12-0 Beaver run that pushed the visitor lead to 25-13 with 6:56 on the clock. Wheaton managed to cut the deficit back to single digits several times, but a Frank Oftring basket right before half sent the Beavers into the intermission leading 41-31. 
  • Wheaton pulled within seven points, 43-36, in the opening two minutes courtesy of baskets from Tetreault and Ekwensi. Babson pushed its lead back to double-digits, this time for good minutes later. Wheaton hit a few baskets down the stretch, but it would not be enough to overcome Babson who walked away with the 80-65 victory. 

 THE BASICS:

  • Field Goals: Wheaton 25-57 / Babson 31-61
  • 3-Point FG: Wheaton 3-11 / Babson 12-23
  • Free Throw: Wheaton 12-16 / Babson 6-9
  • Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 11 / Babson 15
  • Rebounds: Wheaton 29 / Babson 38
  • Assists: Wheaton 7 / Babson 18

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns home on Wednesday, Feb. 13 for its final home game of the season which will see them match-up against the Coast Guard Academy for a 7 p.m. tip. VIDEO / LIVE STATS