Sherman leads men to first Big Four title since 2012 with 74-49 rout of Babson

The Judges won their first Big Four since 2012 (Photo courtesy Babson College)
The Judges won their first Big Four since 2012 (Photo courtesy Babson College)

BABSON PARK, Mass. (courtesy Babson College)—Senior Corey Sherman (Penn Valley, Pa./Lower Merion) poured in a game-high 25 points and visiting Brandeis University limited Babson College to just 30.8 percent shooting on its way to a 74-49 victory in the New England Big 4 Challenge championship game on Sunday afternoon inside Staake Gymnasium.

Babson, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, drops to 5-3 overall. Brandeis, which captured its record fourth Big 4 Challenge title and first since 2012, improves to 5-1 with its fourth consecutive win.

Sherman, who was selected as the tournament most outstanding player, finished 8-of-13 from the floor and added six rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Judges. Sophomore Chandler Jones (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Commonwealth Academy) was named to the all-tournament team after contributing 18 points and six boards, while junior Eric D'Aguanno (Saunderstown, R.I./St. James School) went 4-of-6 from deep and added 12 points in the win.

Junior Frank Oftring (North Attleboro, Mass.) was named to the all-tournament team after leading the Beavers with 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. First-year Colin Bradanese (Billerica, Mass.) scored all 11 of his points in the second half, while sophomore Graham Dolan (Williamsville, N.Y.) chipped in with nine points and a pair of blocked shots in the loss.

Sherman scored seven early points as Brandeis opened the game with an 11-2 run over the first four and a half minutes. The Green and White got as close as three thanks to back-to-back triples by Oftring and Dolan, but the Judges responded with a 16-3 spurt over the next six-plus minutes to push its advantage to 27-11 at the 6:58 mark. 

The Beavers shot just 31.8 percent while committing 10 turnovers in the opening stanza, and Sherman scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to help Brandeis take a 34-19 edge into the break. 

Sophomore Matt Pattyson (Piperville, Pa.) drilled a three-pointer and Bradanese finished inside to pull Babson within 40-29 just over six minutes into the second half. The momentum was short-lived however as Sherman followed with six straight points to push the margin back to 17 less than a minute later.

The Beavers cut their deficit to 13 twice over the final nine minutes, the last coming on a Bradanese layup with 6:24 to play. D'Aguanno buried a three-pointer and Jones and Sherman added triples of their own as part of an 11-2 run that gave Brandeis a commanding 70-48 lead with 3:37 remaining.

The Judges shot 47.3 percent for the game, finished with a 35-34 edge on the glass and outscored the Green and White 32-16 in the paint.

Both teams return to action on Thursday at 7 p.m., as Babson travels to Amherst, while Brandeis visits Becker 


·       Brandeis improved to 23-21 all time against Babson, including a 3-3 record in six Big 4 Challenge meetings.

·       Prior to Sunday, Babson had scored at least 60 points in 95 straight games since suffering a 68-48 loss to Augustana (Ill.) in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament back in 2015.

·       Sunday's loss also marked the first time in 46 games that the Beavers shot below 40 percent from the field.

·       Sean Bryan of Salem State and Brennan Morris of Tufts joined Sherman, Jones and Oftring on the 2018 New England Challenge Big 4 All-Tournament team.