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.
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)