As the season continues towards its end, the Judges continue to fight their University Athletic Association opponents and managed to end in victory this past week. The Judges faced two challengers: the Carnegie Mellon University Tartans and the Case Western Reserve University Spartans. This week, the Judges managed to be victorious over both of these teams. 

Case Western 68, Judges 72

On Friday, the Judges faced off with the Tartans. The game that resulted in 72–68 remained tight for most of the night. The game started off with Chandler Jones ’21 scoring seven of the Judges’ first nine points. Throughout the first half of the game, the Judges led by a maximum of eight points, which occured when Eric D’Aguanno ’20 scored a three-point shot nine minutes into the game. 11 minutes into the game, the Judges hit a maximum of fouls for the half, and the Tartans held on and eventually overtook the Judges. The first half ended with a score of 40–36 in favor of the Tartans. At the start of the second half, the Tartans’ scored, leaving the score 42–36.

The Tartans largest lead was early in the second half with a score 45–38. The Judges then fought back, and the score moved to 56–49, with the Judges still trailing behind. After a failed attempt to increase their lead, the Judges started to gain on the Tartans. Graduate Student Latye Workman took advantage of the Tartans and dunked the ball through the hoop. This was followed by a shot by Lawrence Sabir ’21. With three minutes remaining in the game, the score was tied 64–64. The last three minutes were fought hard by both teams; however, the Judges ultimately came out victorious. 

Carnegie Mellon 66, Judges 71

On Sunday, the Judges faced the Spartans during their senior game. The game started with the Judges making eight of their first 10 shots. After 10 minutes of play, the Judges took their largest lead of 10 points, making the score 21–11. After this, the Spartans fought to catch up until two minutes  were left in the half. At this point, the Judges led 34–30 at the end of the first half. Throughout the second half, the game had four tied games and the lead in the game changed 10 times. The largest lead in the half was with seven minutes remaining in the second half, when the Judges were down by 5 points. The Judges came back strong, increasing the score to 54–53. The score was tied again at 56 with three minutes left in the second half. The game ended in a tie, resulting in overtime action, and, during overtime, the team missed three 3-pointers in a row. However, the Judges’ defence was on its A-game and refused to let the Spartans score. The Judges managed to end the game in a win. 

In an interview with the Justice, Austin Clamage ’21 said, “One thing that myself and everyone else on the team has been so thankful for is the support we’ve gotten from everyone.” In addition, Clamage expressed that, “Talking to some of the upperclassmen on the team, they told me that this year we’ve been getting some of the best fan turnouts for games that they’ve experienced in their years here. Having a great crowd for all our home games has really made playing at Brandeis special.”

Next week the Judges are scheduled to play the University of Chicago away followed by another away game against Washington University. The final game of the season is scheduled for an away game against New York University on Feb. 23. Rounding out the last game of the season, the Judges, led by captains Corey Sherman '19 and Latye Workman '18, have maintained an overall record of 13–9 this season. In addition, in the 22 games played so far this season, the Judges have an average of 65.5 points per game and are currently on a winning streak of two games.