Bears Rally Falls Short at Babson

BABSON PARK, MASS.--(1/18/12)--Junior Marcus McDermott had a game-high 21 points and junior Russell Braithwaite had 18 points including seven straight in the second half as Babson beat Coast Guard 96-81 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.


Coast Guard had cut an 18-point deficit to just six at 66-60 with 10:24 left before Braithwaite had an old fashion 3-point play, a dunk and capped off his own seven point run with a steal and a layup with 9:06 left as the Beavers took a 73-60 lead and never looked back.

The Bears trailed 60-42 with 15:13 left, but used a 16-4 spurt cutting the lead to just six at 64-58 following a bucket by freshman David Anderson with 11:16 left.

Babson snapped three-game losing streak to improve to 9-8 overall and 2-3 in NEWMAC play while Coast Guard dropped its sixth straight to dip to 6-9 overall and 0-5 in conference play.

The Beavers shot 58.3 percent from the floor (35-60) while making eight of 18 from 3-point range while Coast Guard also shot well hitting 54.9 percent from the field (28-51) while connecting on five of 13 from behind the arc.

Sophomore Kevin Sowers had a season-high 20 points on six of seven shooting from the floor and eight of nine from the foul line to lead Coast Guard while Anderson had 19 points and junior Greg Marshall added 18 points in the loss. Sophomore John Benedict had a season-high 12 points and game-high eight rebounds for the Bears.

The Beavers scored the first nine points of the game and pushed the lead to 22-8 with 14:32 left as sophomore Matt Palazini hit three consecutive 3-point baskets in just 39 seconds in a 9-2 spurt.

Babson led 40-22 with 5:08 remaining in the half when the Bears showed signed of life using an 8-1 run to cut the deficit to 41-30 with 2:22 left in the half. The Beavers responded with seven straight and outscored Coast Guard 9-3 to end the half for a 50-33 lead at the break.

Rudolph was a perfect six for six from the floor in the first half leading all scorers with 14 points while Palazini had 12 points in the first half.

The Beavers shot a sizzling 61.3 percent (19-31) in the first half while connecting on seven of 12 from behind the arc in the opening stanza.

Rudolph finished with 18 points while Palazini and senior Matt Florio each added 14 points in the win for the Beavers.