WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University men's basketball graduate student Collin Sawyer (New London, Conn./New London) totaled career-highs with 29 points and seven 3-pointers today to lead the Judges past visiting NYU, 74-57, in the regular season finale for both teams. Brandeis wraps the regular season with a 15-9 record, 6-7 in the UAA. The Violets season ends at 14-11, 4-10 UAA.
The Judges used a couple of big runs to help put the game away. Trailing 28-24 with 4:51 left in the first half, Brandeis scored the 15 points of the stanza – eight by Sawyer and seven by graduate student Tommy Eastman (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) to take a 39-28 lead at the half.
The Violets climbed back into the game with a good start to the second, getting within 44-42 on Alex Maticiuc's lay-up with 11:35 remaining. Brandeis responded by going on a 21-2 run over the next six minutes, holding NYU to just two free throws as they took a 65-44 lead on another Sawyer trifecta for three of his 13 points during the run.
Sawyer finished with 16 points in the first half and 13 in the second. He shot 11-for-18 overall and 7-for-12 from 3-point range. He finished the game with 1,306 points, becoming the 15th player in school history to reach 1,300 points.
Eastman ended up with 16 points, 11 coming in the first half. He also led the Judges with seven rebounds and tied for team-high honors with four assists. Senior Nolan Hagerty (Yarmouth, Maine/Yarmouth) and graduate student Austin Clamage (Lake Forest, Ill./Lak Forest Acad.) each had eight points in their Auerbach Arena finale. Hagerty matched Eastman with four assists, while Clamage's six rebounds set a career-high.
NYU put three players in double figures. Senior Bobby Hawkinson led the Violets with 13 points. He scored the 1,000th of his career with 12:16 remaining in the first half, becoming the 31st player in NYU history to reach the milestone. He also had nine rebounds – six offensive – and a team-high three assists and three steals Cinque Stephens added 12 points off the bench, eight coming in the second half, while Maticiuc finished with 10. Kawika Akina led all players with 10 rebounds on the day, while matching Hawkinson's three steals.
Brandeis shot 49% from the field (28-57) and 44% from 3-point range (11-25), while holding the Violets to 39% overall (22-57) and 14% from downtown (3-21). The Judges also won the turnover battle, 16-12, and converted those 16 NYU miscues into 26 points. This was the sixth win in the last seven meetings for Brandeis over NYU.
The Judges are on the bubble for the NCAA Division III Tournament and will await their fate tomorrow at 12:30 p.m.