Brandeis men fall short at NYU, 79-75

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Two Brandeis men's basketball players scored more than 20 points today, but they could not overcome all five New York University starters who scored in double figures as the Judges dropped a 79-75 University Athletic Association decision today.

Brandeis (7-6, 0-3 UAA) dropped its third straight UAA contest despite career highs from sophomore Joe Coppens (Rockland, Mass.), who had 22 points, and rookie guard Huston Conti (Edmonds, Wash.), with 12. Sophomore forward Steve DeLuca (Merrimack, N.H.) recorded his fourth double-double of the season with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds.

NYU (12-1, 2-1 UAA) had two double-double performances. Junior Jared Kildare had 12 points and an NYU-record 14 assists. Classmate Jason Boone had 16 points, hitting all six of his field goals attempts, and a game-high 13 rebounds. Chael Clark led the Violets with 17 points and had nine rebounds. Matt Basford, with 16 points, 12 in the first half, and Michael DeCorso with 11 points, rounded out the double-figure scorers.

The Judges got off to a sluggish start, falling behind by 14 points early, 23-9, less than seven minutes into the contest. They closed the half on a 23-11 run of their own, however, and trailed by just two at the break, 34-32. NYU opened the lead back up to eight points in the first 5:45. Trailing 49-41, Brandeis went on a 17-5 run over the next five minutes as Coppens, Conti and Coppens again hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give Brandeis a 58-54 lead. The hosts responded, however, outscoring Brandeis, 21-8, to take a 75-66 lead with 1:03 on the clock. The Judges didn't give up, using trifectas and poor foul shooting by NYU to climb within three, 78-75, with five seconds left, but it ended up being too little, too late.