Men's Basketball Drops 63-56 Season Opening Decision At Brandeis

Men's Basketball Drops 63-56 Season Opening Decision At Brandeis

WALTHAM, Mass. – Timely offense in the final 91 seconds for Brandeis helped stave off a Corsair comeback to lift the Judges to a 63-56 non-conference victory at Red Auerbach Arena on Saturday afternoon.

How It Happened

  • Brandeis got off to a hot shooting start, seizing a 17-4 lead at the 13:46 mark of the opening frame. Sophomore Chandler Jones (Springfield, Mass.) swiped the ball away for a steal, dishing it off to junior Eric D’Aguanno (Saunderstown, R.I.) who knocked down the jumper.
  • Visiting sophomore Harry Alexander (Washington, D.C.) got the last bucket of the first 20 minutes to cut the deficit - that was once 13 - down to six.
  • Going bucket-for-bucket through most of the second half, UMass Dartmouth still lingered in the ballgame to find themselves down just three with 4:15 to go. Freshman Marcus Azor (Brockton, Mass.) caught fire on the offensive end down the stretch of the final three minutes, scoring nine straight that included back-to-back layups to put the squad up 54-53 for the Blue and Gold’s first lead of the afternoon.
  • Judge forward Jones made the most of teammate Latye Workman’s (Brooklyn, N.Y.) offensive rebound with 1:58 remaining, drilling the downtown bid for a 56-54 lead. A crucial Corsair live-ball turnover with a minute and a half to go preceded an and-one layup for Brandeis junior Collin Sawyer (New London, Conn.), putting the Judges back up in front.
  • Brandeis was able to ice the affair by converting on their charity stripe opportunities, going a perfect four-for-four in the final 16 ticks.

Inside The Numbers

  • Azor exhibited an immaculate scoring display, going for a game-high 16 points in 19 minutes. He did so on a flawless seven-of-seven from the floor, accounting for a majority UMass Dartmouth’s 24 bench points.
  • Corsair senior Arinze Obiora (Hyde Park, Mass.) pulled down a game-high 11 boards, registering his first double-double of the year.
  • UMass Dartmouth maintained the Judge offense to just 39.1% shooting (25-of-64), but ran into shooting troubles themselves as the Corsairs could only knock down a lone three-pointer of their 14 tries.
  • The Corsairs gave the ball up on 24 instances to Brandeis’ 18.
  • Brandeis assisted on 17 of their 25 made field goals, led by five apiece from guards Lawrence Sabir (Providence, R.I.) and Corey Sherman (Penn Valley, Pa.). Sherman notched a double-double for the hosts as he contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Up Next

UMass Dartmouth will have its home opener on Tuesday night, stepping up against Salem State at for a 7:30 p.m. tip. Brandeis stays home on Wednesday to host a 7 p.m. meeting with Suffolk.

(Recap By Kyle Diangkinay, Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant)