Squad extends losing streak to four games
The men’s basketball team lost two road conference games this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, the Judges fell to University Athletic Association foes the University of Rochester and Emory University on Friday evening.
Rochester 67, Judges 56
The club was competitive throughout, but they were ultimately edged by the No. 7 team in the nation. Forward Latye Workman ’18 was the leader for the squad on the day, scoring a team-high 14 points. Workman was perfect on the day from the free throw line, going 6 for 6 while also collecting three rebounds. Most impressive for Workman was that he accomplished all that in only 20 minutes of action.
Forward Jordan Cooper ’18 was all over the stat board, scoring 10 points, grabbing five rebounds down low, dishing out two assists.With his 10 points, Cooper is now a mere 46 points away from earning a place in Brandeis lore as a 1,000-point scorer. Right now, he ranks as the 35th-highest scorer in University history.
Guard Robinson Vilmont ’17 also collected five rebounds in the losing effort, also contributing nine points and three steals. Classmate and fellow guard Jack Fay ’17 recorded five rebounds to go along with eight points. For the game as a whole, the Judges shot 40 percent overall from the field while only knocking down 20 percent from behind the 3-point arc. The team shot 8-11 from the free-throw line, while their counterparts in the Yellowjackets shot a perfect 11-11 from the charity stripe. The Judges are now 2-5 in UAA play and 6-11 overall.
Emory 94, Judges 85
The Judges also fell to another UAA opponent in the Emory Eagles on Friday night. The visiting Brandeis squad led through most of the game and relinquished a 17-point lead they had generated halfway through the second half. Emory went on a 19-2 run to even the game as regulation concluded and then cruised to the victory off by outscoring the Judges by 11.
The club made their mark toward the end of the first half, in which they went on an enormous 24-2 run to go into halftime with a 12-point lead. In the second half, the squad was led by Fay, who scored a total of 19 points, 16 of which he recorded in the second half. Fay played 39 minutes, the most of his career, in which he converted upon all three of his opportunities from behind the arc.
Guard Tim Reale ’17 also contributed 19 points, only missing four minutes of action. A third senior, forward Sam Dowden ’17, also scored double-digit points with 12 points of his own. In addition to the scoring output, Reale and Fay each contributed four assists each.
The Judges were let down by their discipline, committing an egregious 35 fouls. Cooper in particular was plagued by foul trouble, playing only eight total minutes during the contest. For the game as a whole, five different Judges fouled out of the game. Until Friday’s game, the Judges had only committed as many as 22 fouls in any game this season.
The team shot well throughout the game, converting on more than half of their attempts during both halves of the contest. The squad struggled in overtime, shooting 13 percent from the field. Brandeis was dominated on the glass, where they were outrebounded 44-26 by Emory.
The Judges will play against the same competition next weekend, facing off with Emory on Friday and Rochester on Sunday. Both games will be played at home at the Gosman Convocation Center.
With seven games left in the season, the Judges have a slim chance of evening out their record on the season. The team stands at 6-11, not a far cry from their 9-16 record of the 2015 season. Last February, the Judges lost every single game of the month, a feat they must hope not to repeat in order to move up in the standings.
With the team playing against Case Western Reserve University and New York University, the Judges will have a shot at at least two wins before the season ends.