The Brandeis men’s basketball team lost both of the two games they played this week. Friday, the Judges rematched the  Emory University Eagles and were defeated for the second time. Sunday, the Judges also lost to the University of Rochester Yellowjackets, despite having defeated them last week, per the Brandeis Athletics website.

Emory 88, Judges 64

After a little over a week, the Judges faced the Eagles once again, hoping to emerge victoriously this time.  Within the first 30 seconds of the game, Brandeis graduate student Latye Workman ’18 made a layup, starting the Judges off strong. Following his layup though, Workman fouled. Within the first five minutes of the game, the Judges outscored Emory 14–5. However, Emory refused to give up; they scored 18 points in the following six minutes, bringing the score to 22–15. The Eagles increased their lead to as many as nine points before halftime. Trailing behind, the Judges refused to let the Eagles pull ahead any farther. At the beginning of the  second half, the Eagles scored 15 points, including two 3-pointers, while the Judges made four points total. The greatest gap in the score was 29 points in the second half. The game ended with a difference of 24 points. The highest scorers in the game were Eric D’Aguanno ’20, with 21 points, and Lawrence Sabir ’21, with nine assists. Players D'Aguanno and Sabir tied for the most rebounds for the Judges this game. 

Rochester 78, Judges 52

This week, the Judges rematched the the University of Rochester Yellowjackets. After last week’s win, the men hoped for another victorious game. The Judges started the game off with a layup and then a free-throw by Chandler Jones ’21. A Rochester player missed their free throw, and the game continued. Seven minutes into the game, the Judges were 15–11. After this, the Judges did not score a single point for 10 minutes — in that time, Rochester scored 18 points. In the second half, the Yellowjackets started with a score of 54–22. By the end of the game, the Yellowjackets led by 34 points. The highest scorer in the game was D’Aguanno, with 13 points, and Sabir  tied with D’Aguanno for three assists. This game, Nolan Hagerty ’22 ended with a career high of 10 points. During the game, the Yellowjackets had one player score double-digit points, and five other players each scoring eight or nine points. 

Currently the team has 11 wins and nine losses this season, with a streak of  losses. The team averages 65.0 points per game, a free-throw percentage of 70.8 percent and a three-point percentage of 36.5 percent. The Judges currently have an average of 32.1 rebounds per game in 20 games. With five games left in the regular season, the Judges look forward to increasing their rank in the University Athletic Association standings. 

Looking forward to the rest of the season, the Judges will face Carnegie Mellon University on Feb. 8, Case Western Reserve University on Feb. 10, University of Chicago on Feb. 15 and Washington University on Feb. 17. The final game is set to take place on Feb. 23 at New York University. The Judges currently rank sixth in the UAA have five games to increase their rank before the season's end.