Edwards powers men to sixth-straight win of season, 76-70, over Emerson

Ethan Edwards goes by a defender, dribbling the ball with his right hand
Ethan Edwards '26 (Photo by Sportspix.com)

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University men's basketball got a pair of 20-point performances, including a breakout 24-point game from first-year Ethan Edwards (Brooklyn, N.Y./Woodstock Acad.) as the Judges defeated Emerson College, 76-70, to extend their best start since 2010.


  • Brandeis, 6-0.
  • Emerson, 2-4.


  • The Judges never trailed in this one as they have in four of their first six contests.
  • They opened the game on runs of 9-2 and 12-4 and never looked back.
  • Brandeis held the visitors without a field goal over the final eight minutes of the stanza to outscore Emerson, 31-19, at the break.
  • They held the Lions to 32% shooting (8-25), including 1-of-10 from 3-point range. The Judges also forced 10 EC turnovers while committing just three.
  • Edwards scored 14 of his 24 in the first half on 6-of-7 from the field with a 3-pointer and a free throw.
  • Brandeis still led by 12 at 41-29 with 14:41 to go when Emerson made a run. All-American big man Jarred Houston hit back-to-back lay-ups and Sean Coman hit a trifecta to cap a 7-0 Lions run that made it 41-36, Judges, with just under 13 minutes to play.
  • The Judges answered with a lay-up by rookie Quron Zene (Windsor, Conn./IMG Academy), but another Coman deep ball got the visitors within four.
  • Brandeis answered with a Ryan Power (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) bucket, and after Houston converted again, Edwards nailed a pull-up 3-pointer that put Brandeis back up by seven.
  • EC's Nate Martin hit twice from the line, but a Toby Harris (Durham, N.C./Durham Academy) bucket and a three-point play by Zene on the fast break gave Brandeis the double-digit cushion at 53-43 with 9:39 left.
  • Junior Darret Justice (Haymarket, Va./Highland School) and Harris dialed long distance on the next Brandeis trips to give the Judges some breathing room and they held off the Lions from there.


  • Edwards, who had reached double figures in scoring in each of his first five collegiate games, exceeded 20 points for the first time. He was 10-for-13 overall, 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and 1-of-2 from the line.
  • Harris, who was not the team's leading scorer for the first time this season, still finished with 20 points, 15 coming in the second half.  He also grabbed eight rebounds,
  • Senior Dylan Lien (Northborough, Mass./Worcester Academy) added 14 points off the bench, scoring seven in each half.
  • Zene had a terrific all-around game with eight points and team-high 10 rebounds. He also had three assists, three steals and two blocked shots without committing a turnover.
  • Emerson had three players score in double figures. Houston recorded a double-double with 23 points and game-high 11 rebounds. He also blocked three shots.
  • Martin added 16 points and eight boards, while Coman scored 15 in 20 minutes off the bench, hitting 5-of-7 from 3-point range.
  • Emerson shot a season-high for an opponent from the field against the Judges, 48.2% (27-56), thanks to a torrid second half (19-31, 61.3%).
  • Brandeis offset the differential by winning the turnover battle, 14-6, and turning it into a 21-6 advantage in points off the miscues.
  • The Judges also outscored Emerson from 3-point range, 8-5, and the free throw line, 16-11.


  • Brandeis continued its best start since 2010 at 6-0.
  • The Judges are also on a 10-game winning streak dating back to last season.
  • Both streaks are their longest since starting the 2010-11 season 11-0.
  • Brandeis has trailed for only 13 seconds of regulation this season, at the start of last Tuesday's game at UMass Dartmouth.
  • They also trailed in overtime for 3:07 of their 81-79 win over Emmanuel.


  • The Judges head to Waterville, Maine, for the inaugural UAA-NESCAC Challenge. They will meet Colby on Saturday, December 3, at 3 p.m., and Bates on Sunday, December 4, at 2 p.m.
  • Emerson is at Plymouth State on Thursday night at 6 p.m.