The Brandeis men’s basketball team ended the month of January in fifth place for this season’s University Athletic Association overall standing. There are seven games left to go in the 2018-19 schedule, and the last three games resulted in two losses and one win.  With seven games left in the regular season, the Judges have fought hard to increase their standings. Currently the team is 11–7 overall. 

Washington University in Saint Louis

The first of these three matchups was a home game against the Washington University Bears on Sunday. The game started with a fast lead taken by the Bears. Throughout the first half, the Judges fought hard to get back in the game. In the end, the game resulted in a loss for the Judges, 50–53. Although Brandeis was in the lead at the end of the first half, the Bears were able to narrowly overtake the Judges by the end of the game. This game resulted in both teams being part of a four-way tie for second place in the conference. The game leaders consisted of Collin Sawyer ’20 leading the points tally at 17, Chandler Jones ’21 leading with 6 rebounds and Lawrence Sabir ’21 with 6 assists. 

Emory University

This past Friday, the Judges were off  to Atlanta, Georgia to play the Emory University Eagles. Brandeis lost to the host team by a score of 59–92. Although the game started with the teams neck and neck, Emory dominated the match by the end of the first half, 37–55. The game leaders consisted of Eric D’Aguanno ’20 leading points at 17 and Jones leading with 6 rebounds.  The second half of the game continued in much of the same way, the Judges scoring 22 points against Emory’s 37 points. Therefore, the Eagles won by a very wide margin, resulting in the Judges falling to 10–7 in the season, and 3–3 in the UAA standings.

University of Rochester

The team’s last game of January, however, ended on a more positive note for the Brandeis Judges, who won 75–69 against the University of Rochester Yellowjackets. In the beginning, Rochester was quick to score, resulting in a score of 15–3 in the first 5:45. The Judges fought back through the game and eventally tied the score at 26 points. When the first half ended, Rochester held a three-point lead, 36–39. Over the course of the second half, Brandeis scored another impressive 39 points. The game leaders consisted of Sawyer, leading with 23 points, D’Aguanno leading with 6 rebounds and Sabir leading with 8 assists. Rochester only managed to score 30. With the win, the Judges improved to 11–7  this season, and 4–3 in the UAA. 

In an interview with The Justice, Corey Sherman ’19 said “Everyone has contributed so far. In order for us to ultimately get where we want to be, we will need all 12 guys to be ready to go when called upon. Everyone comes into work everyday, and that is our mindset.” In addition, Sherman explained where  the men’s success comes from: “[The] team has taken a one practice at a time, one game at a time approach. In the end, we will see where that takes us. We want to just get better every day and the coaching staff has really preached that to us.”

These three games moved the Judges from the fourth to the fifth position in the University Athletic Association’s standing. Seven games remain in the season for them to improve. The next game will take place on Feb. 1 in another game against Emory University, this time at home. The team is led by captains Sherman and Latye Workman ’18.