BOSTON, Mass. – Brandeis University sophomore forward Toby Harris (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) hit a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds to go in overtime tonight to give the Judges a thrilling 81-79 win over host Emmanuel College. In the process, the Judges improved to 3-0 for the first time under head coach Jean Bain.
- Brandeis, 3-0.
- Emmanuel, 1-1.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Brandeis never trailed in regulation. They led by as many as 14 points at 32-18 after a Harris jumper with 8:25 left in the first half.
- The Saints got within six points a couple of times, but Brandeis senior Dylan Lien (Northborough, Mass./Worcester Academy) hit a 3-pointer with 1:28 to go to make it an 11-point contest before EC's Ryan Grivalja hit a shot on the Saints' last possession to make it 44-35 in favor the visitors.
- Brandeis junior Ryan Power (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) led the Judges with 14 points in the first half, reaching his career-high in the first 20 minutes.
- The Judges were able to keep Emmanuel at bay for much of the second half, with the lead yo-yoing between five and 12 points.
- Trailing 69-59 with 7:43 left in regulation, the Saints held Brandeis scoreless for the next four minutes, tying the game at 69-all on a Donte Pope lay-up with 4:37 in regulation.
- Neither team would score on their next two possessions, and Pope was called for his fifth foul on an offensive charge with 3:18 left.
- The teams traded two-point possessions before Brandeis first-year Ethan Edwards (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Woodstock Acad.) nailed a 3-pointer with 1:42 left that gave Brandeis a 74-71 lead.
- Emerson's Ricky Martin answered by hitting a lay-up while getting fouled with 1:17 left, and he hit the free throw to knot things at 74. Both teams had one more possession in regulation but were unable to convert.
- Judge junior Sam Adusei (Worcester, Mass. / St. George's School) opened the scoring in OT, but Emmanuel's Ismani Cepeda answered with a 3-pointer to give the Saints their first lead of the contest at 77-76 with 3:11 to go.
- Cepeda hit the game's next bucket, giving Emmanuel a 79-76 lead with 2:20 remaining.
- Brandeis called timeout and came up empty, but got a defensive stop thanks to a blocked shot by rookie Quron Zene (Windsor, Conn. / IMG Acad.).
- Adusei got Brandeis within one with a lay-up late in the shot clock on the next possession, and the Judges got another stop out of an EC timeout.
- On the ensuing possession, the Judges worked the ball around the perimeter before Edwards found Harris open at the left elbow of the 3-pointer, and he calmly drained the winning bucket with 3.1 seconds left as Emmanuel was unable to get off a clean look at a game-winner.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Harris led all scorers with 20 points, including 12 in the second half. His 3-pointer was his only bucket of overtime.
- Power finished with 18 points and four assists while playing a career-high 42 minutes.
- Adusei stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists, all career-bests.
- Edwards rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14 points in 21 minutes off the bench, both career-highs.
- Zene helped the Brandeis defense contain Emmanuel with five blocked shots.
- EC had five players score in double figures, paced by Ryan Grivalja's 18, 11 of which came in the first half, while Martin finished with 14 points.
- Pope led the hosts with six rebounds, while Bryant Ciccio led all players with seven assists.
- Brandeis held a 43-38 rebounding edge and hit 9 3-pointers to 7 for EC.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Brandeis had started 2-1 in each of Bain's first three seasons.
- The Judges last won their first three games of the season in the 2015-16 campaign.
- Brandeis is 6-1 in overtime under Bain.
- The Judges head down the road to nearby rivals Lasell on Saturday at 3 p.m.
- Emmanuel takes on Maine-Farmington Saturday at 6 p.m.