Yellowjackets struggle in loss to Brandeis

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WALTHAM, MA – In a key early conference season matchup, host Brandeis University emerged with a 76-54 victory over the University of Rochester in men’s basketball action on Friday night at Red Auerbach Arena.

The Judges (10-3, 2-0 UAA) shot lights out in the opening half, sinking 55% of their shots and made 8-of-12 (67%) from long range over the opening 20 minutes of the contest, ultimately building a 23-point advantage at halftime.

Rochester (9-4, 0-2 UAA) meanwhile, only mustered a 32% shooting performance in the first half, sinking just eight shots overall, leading to the big deficit.  The Yellowjacket bench was held in check most of the night, only scoring five points, compared to Brandeis’ reserves who scored 20 points.

UR was able to hang with the Judges in the second half, outscoring the hosts, but the deficit was too much for the Yellowjackets to overcome.

Ross Gang finished as Rochester’s leading scorer with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.  Ryan Algier (Fairport) had 15 points and 5 rebounds, while Kailan Lee had 10 points and sank two 3-pointers.

Brandeis was led by Collin Sawyer who had 24 points and shot well, making 7-of-13 overall, including 4-of-7 from long range.  Nolan Hagerty was the only other Judges player in double-figures, as he scored 18 points while also handing out five assists.  Chandler Jones had nine points and seven boards.

The first five minutes of the game were tight, as Brandeis held a two point lead before getting on fire, making six of seven during a 16-2 run which broke open the game.  Darret Justice and Austin Clamage sank three’s to ignite the run which also featured a slam from Hagerty and five points from Sawyer.

Lee stopped the stretch and Gang added five straight points to pull UR within 12, but that is as close as the Yellowjackets would get as they were held off the scoreboard for the final seven minutes of the opening half.

To start the second, UR went inside to Algier who scored six straight points in an 8-2 Yellowjacket spurt, but erased that with another big run, again making six of seven shots during a 13-2 push.

For the game, Rochester shot 38% (20-53), while Brandeis ended at 54% (27-50).  The Judges held a slim rebounding edge at 31-28, while also shooting 50% (9-18) from 3-point range.  Rochester made five triples.

The two game UAA conference weekend concludes on Sunday with Rochester traveling to NYU, and Brandeis hosting Emory.  Both games are scheduled for noon tipoffs.

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