Men see five-game winning streak snapped with 67-53 loss at #4 WashU

Collin Sawyer '21/MS '22 (Photo by / Taken under previous masking rules)
Collin Sawyer '21/MS '22 (Photo by / Taken under previous masking rules)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Brandeis University men's basketball team saw a five-game winning streak snapped today as the Judges dropped a 67-53 decision at Washington University in University Athletic Association play. With the loss, the Judges fall to 8-3 overall, 1-1 in the UAA. The #4-ranked Bears improve to 14-1, 4-0 UAA.

Brandeis held the Bears under 70 points for just the third time this season and the first time since early November, but the Judges' offense was unable to take advantage, with their lowest scoring output of the season. Brandeis shot just 33 percent from the field (19-57), while WashU hit 43 percent (23-53). The Judges also struggled from 3-point range, hitting on only 29% (8-28) compared to 41 percent for the hosts (7-17).

Graduate student Collin Sawyer (New London, Conn./New London) led the Judges in scoring with 17 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Fellow grad student Tommy Eastman (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) added eight points, but no other Brandeis player had more than two field goals on the day. Senior guard Sam Nassar (Milford, Conn./Jonathan Law) and junior guard Darret Justice (Haymarket, Va. / Highland School) tied for the team-high with five rebounds each, while Nassar also led the team with three assists.

Washington University was paced by senior Jack Nolan, who scored a game-high 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting, 3-of-7 from downtown and 6-of-6 from the line. Justin Hardy added 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for the Bears, who owned a 40-29 advantage on the glass. Nolan led the hosts with three assists.

Brandeis never led in the game after WashU jumped out to an 11-3 lead, hitting 3-pointers on their first three possessions. The Bears led by as many as nine points before Sawyer converted a four-point play with under 30 seconds left in the half to make it 35-30 at the break. Sawyer connected from downtown to start the second half, getting Brandeis as close as they would get at 35-33. They had two chances to tie the contest but were unable to convert. After Judge senior Nolan Hagerty (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) hit a bucket with 17:19 left in the game to get Brandeis within 37-35, the Bears held Brandeis to just one basket over the next eight minutes. WashU's 14-2 run pushed the lead to 14 at 51-37 with 9:29 remaining, and the Judges would not get within single digits the rest of the way.

Brandeis continues a four-game UAA road trip next Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. at Emory University.