Men's hoops wins Bain's debut, 63-56, over UMass Dartmouth

Coach Jean Bain wins his head coach debut (photo by Hannah Mui '20)
Coach Jean Bain wins his head coach debut (photo by Hannah Mui '20)

WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Corey Sherman (Penn Valley, Pa. / Lower Merion) registered his first collegiate double-double to lead the Brandeis University men's basketball team past visiting UMass Dartmouth, 63-56, in the season opener for both teams. The win is the first in the head coaching career of Brandeis's Jean Bain as the Judges improve to 1-0, while the Corsairs fall to 0-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Judges led for nearly the entire game after scoring the first seven points on a Sherman 3-pointer, a dunk by sophomore Chandler Jones (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Commonwealth Academy) and a lay-up by sophomore Akim Sanni (Cotonou, Benin/Tabor Academy).
  • The Judges extended the lead to 13 points at 17-4, though UMass Dartmouth clawed its way within six by halftime at 37-31. The Judges shot 50 percent from the field (17-34), while UMD hit 46.7 percent (14-30).
  • The teams came out cold in the second half, going nearly four minutes until Brandeis sophomore Lawrence Sabir (Providence, R.I./LaSalle Academy) hit a fast-break lay-up to make it 39-31.
  • UMass Dartmouth answered with the next six points of the game to close within three at 39-36 on a Marquis Jones free throw at the 14:53 mark.
  • Brandeis kept the Corsairs at bay, but the visitors chipped away at the lead, finally going ahead for the first time on a second-chance bucket by Marcus Azor that made it 54-53 in favor of UMD with 2:52 to go.
  • The Judges responded with the next six points of the game. After a Sabir steal and a miss by Latye Workman (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bedford Academy), the graduate student got his own rebound. The Judges worked the ball around the perimeter until Jones knocked down a corner 3-pointer to put Brandeis back ahead, 56-54.
  • The Judges forced another turnover, this time with junior Collin Sawyer (New London, Conn./New London) getting a steal and lay-up while drawing the foul. He hit the ensuing free thrown to make it a five-point game at 59-54 with 1:31 to go, and the Judges hit their final foul shots to ice the contest.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Sherman finished with a team-high 15 points and a career-best 10 rebounds on the day. He also tied his career-best with five assists. Thirteen of his 15 points came in the first half.
  • Jones finished 13 points on 5-of-8 from the field, including the huge 3-pointer, and 2-of-2 from the line. He also had four rebounds and four assists.
  • Workman added five rebounds, while Sabir matched Sherman with five assists. Both players also had three steals in the contest.
  • Azor led UMass Dartmouth in scoring with a game-high 16 points in 19 minutes off the bench. He was 7-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.
  • The Corsairs' Arinza Obiora matched Sherman's double-double performance with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
  • Brandeis won the turnover battle, 24-18, and converted those miscues into 20 points, compared to 15 for UMD. The Judges also held the visitors to just 1-of-14 3-point shooting.

UP NEXT

  • The Judges return to action on Wednesday evening for a non-conference tilt against Suffolk University at 7 p.m.
  • UMass Dartmouth plays host to Salem State University Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in their home opener.