The Brandeis Judges were triumphant over the University of Chicago Maroons in a very close and competitive basketball game last Friday, with the final scoreboard reading 72–71. This game now marks the second consecutive win after conquering Case Western Reserve University 67–65 earlier this month, creating a small winning streak. Unfortunately, this streak was broken with a loss against Washington University in Saint Louis this past Sunday, 50–53.

The game against University of Chicago was an exciting one. While the Judges led by six points at the end of the first half of the game, with a score of  31–25, the game ended in a tie, 59–59. This triggered an overtime period; the Maroons scored 12, but the Judges scored 13. The winning points were scored by junior Collin Sawyer ’20. In the last 11 seconds of overtime, he successfully scored three points and secured the win for the Judges.

This was the tenth win this season out of the sixteen games thus far in the season; the team is now 10–6, a winning record. This puts the Judges fourth out of the eight teams in the University Athletic Association’s standing for men’s basketball behind University of Chicago, the University of Rochester and Emory University. The Judges are doing well this season; they have lost only six of their games thus far. With nine games left in the season, there is room for greater improvement and more victories. The next game is an away game against Emory University on Friday Jan. 25, Brandeis’ first game against Emory this season.