Men's basketball drops heartbreaker to Suffolk, 71-69

WALTHAM, Mass. – In a game that featured six ties and 13 lead changes, the visiting Suffolk University Rams scored with five-tenths of a second left on the clock to take a 71-69 victory over the Brandeis University Judges in non-conference men's basketball action tonight. With the loss, the Judges fall to 1-1 on the season, while the Rams improve to 2-0.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The first half was back-and-forth, featuring 10 lead changes and two ties over the first 14-plus minutes.
  • Brandeis closed the stanza on a 16-4 run over the final 5:51, turning a 20-19 deficit into a 35-24 lead at the break.
  • Suffolk came out of the locker room on fire, hitting 12 of their first 15 shots, tying the game up at 50-all with 11:19 on the clock.
  • The Rams would go ahead by as many as six points on a Thomas Duffy three-point play with 5:47 left that made it 61-55.
  • Brandeis answered with a 9-2 run, getting within one point at 65-64, on a Chandler Jones (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Commonwealth Academy) foul shot with 2:47 to go.
  • After Suffolk's George Grillakis hit 1-of-2 from the stripe to push the lead back to two points, Brandeis junior Eric D'Aguanno (Saunderstown, R.I./St. Andrew's School) drove the lane and drew a foul with 1:34 on the clock to put the Judges back ahead, 67-66.
  • Brandeis forced a Suffolk turnover, but could not convert, and Duffy hit a layup with 41 seconds remaining to put the visitors back on top. The Rams got a stop after a Brandeis timeout, but Duffy only hit one of his two free throws after they fouled with 22.9 seconds remaining.
  • Jones grabbed the rebound and, after the Judges got into the front court, picked up the assist on a bucket by grad student Latye Workman (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bedford Academy) with 7.1 seconds on the clock.
  • Suffolk pushed the ball up the court, getting the ball into Duffy's hands. He drove towards the rim and dished back to a cutting Brendan Mulson, who knocked down the game-winning jumper in the paint with 0.5 remaining on the clock. Brandeis's last-second desperation heave was well off the mark, sealing the contest.

INSIDE THE JUDGES' BOX SCORE

  • The Judges had a Fantastic Four starters score in double figures.  
  • Workman was Mr. Fantastic, as he finished with 20 points and a game-high eight rebounds in 28 minutes. He was the only Brandeis started who played fewer than 30 minutes.
  • Workman had 10 points and four rebounds in each half
  • D'Aguanno was a Human Torch from downtown, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-9 from the field, including 3-of-5 on 3-pointers. He also had 10 points in the first half.
  • Junior Collin Sawyer (New London, Conn./New London) finished with 14 points and was Iceman at the line, where he finished 4-of-4 as the Judges hit 14-of-20 as a team. He also played the part of Iron Man with a team-high 35 minutes played.
  • Jones rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 points while adding a Beast-ly seven rebounds.
  • Jones, senior Corey Sherman (Penn Valley, Pa./Lower Merion) and rookie Sam Nassar (Milford, Conn./Jonathan Law) were Daredevil distributors of the ball with three assists each.

INSIDE THE RAMS' BOX SCORE

  • Duffy played Doctor Doom for the visitors, scoring 17 of his game-high 21 points in the second half. He also had five assists and four steals, both game-highs.
  • Mulson was also a Punisher for Suffolk, as he finished with 17 points, including three of his team's four 3-pointers, to go with the game-winning bucket. He also led the Rams with eight rebounds.
  • The Suffolk bench outscored Brandeis, 22-0.
  • After Brandeis held Suffolk to 38.5% from the field (10-26) in the first half, the visitors hit 64.3% in the second (18-28) to finish at 51.9% for the game (28-54).

UP NEXT

  • The Judges play their first road contest of the season Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Bates College.
  • Suffolk takes on Endicott in the first round of the Babson Invitational Saturday at 3 p.m.

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