WALTHAM, Mass. – Men’s basketball junior Collin Sawyer of New London, Connecticut, has been named the January 23rd Brandeis Athlete of the Week, presented by The Chateau Restaurant Group.
Sawyer averaged 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in the Judges’ 1-1 week last week. In a 72-71 overtime win against the University of Chicago, Sawyer finished with 13 points, including five in overtime. That included the game-winning 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left on the clock and the Judges trailing by two points. The game-winning basket was Sawyer’s second of his career on the final possession, as he hit a buzzer-beater to defeat Bates College on December 31, 2017. Sawyer came back with 10 points to lead the Judges in a 53-50 loss to Washington University on Sunday afternoon. Brandeis held the Bears to a season-low scoring total despite the loss.
Overall this season, Sawyer is averaging 10.3 points per game, third-most on the team. He leads the squad in 3-point shooting percentage, hitting 26-of-63 for 41.3% - fifth-best in the University Athletic Association.
In head coach Jean Bain’s first season at the helm, the Judges have a 10-6 overall record this season, 3-2 in the UAA. It marks the first 10-win season for Brandeis men’s basketball since 2013-14 and matches their conference win total from last season with nine more contests to play. The Judges are back in action this weekend with a UAA road trip to Emory on Friday evening at 8 p.m. and the University of Rochester on Sunday afternoon at 12 noon.
This is the fourth year that the Brandeis Athlete of the Week program has been presented by The Chateau Restaurant Group. The Athlete of the Year Program highlights a top Brandeis student-athlete who has had an outstanding athletic achievement from the week prior. Each selected student-athlete will be featured on the Brandeis athletics homepage and inside the Chateau Waltham and Jake N Joes
Owned and operated by the Nocera Family, the Chateau Restaurant of Waltham opened in 1933 and set the standard for providing the tradition of Italian family dining, friendly service and quality food at reasonable prices for its customers. Located on 195 School Street, with 900 seats, the Chateau is always ready to accommodate large parties.
The Nocera Family consists of 6 brothers who have always had a passion for playing sports. In 2010, The Nocera Family launched a new concept, Jake n JOES Sports Grille. Jake n JOES Waltham opened in 2014 and is the best place to watch a game and enjoy quality food.
"Brandeis student-athletes are fantastic role models in our community,” says Chateau President Joe Nocera, “They exemplify the ideals of excellence and commitment both on and off the playing field. The Chateau Waltham and Jake n JOES Waltham are proud to partner with Brandeis Athletics to continue to enhance a positive focus within the Waltham Community."
Sawyer is a 2016 graduate of New London High School.
For more information on Brandeis men’s basketball, visit the team’s web page at http://www.brandeisjudges.com/sports/mbkb