The Brandeis men’s basketball team beat Washington University in St. Louis this past Friday, with a score of 69-66. The Judges stuck with Washington University throughout the game until pulling away with just 26 seconds left on the clock in the second half, 69-63. The Washington Bears answered with a three point play to close the gap to 69-66, but couldn’t come back.
Jordan Cooper ’18 lead the team against Washington University, with a team high of 23 points, five rebounds and five assists. Robinson Vilmont ’17 followed close behind, contributing 20 points in the game. Cooper and Robinson scored 30 of the team’s 38 points in the second half. Colby Smith ‘16 and Time Reale ’17 contributed heavily as well, tying for a team-high in rebounds with six each. Smith also had four assists and three steals.
The Judges continued their journey on the road, playing the University of Chicago on Sunday. The Judges lost 65-60 to the 12th ranked University of Chicago Maroons. The Judges stuck with the Maroons in the first half as the lead changed hands 12 times. However, the Judges couldn’t keep up the momentum in the second half and the Maroons pulled away in the last ten minutes of the game.
The Judges held on in the first half with 15 second chance points off their 10 offensive boards. Cooper led the Judges in scoring for the third straight game with 11 points, nine of those coming in the first half. Cooper was a force on defense for the Judges as well, with seven rebounds. Vilmont added to the Judges’ stats with eight points and three assists, a team high tied with rookie Michael McReynolds ‘19.
The loss brings the Men’s basketball team to .500 with an overall record of 8-8. The Judges are back in action this Friday at 8 p.m. in Red Auerbach Arena in the Gosman Athletic Center.