November 28, 2006

Meehan wins 200th career game as men's hoops downs Babson, 76-66

BABSON PARK, Mass. (taken from a Babson College press release) -- Head coach Brian Meehan recorded his 200th career victory as the Brandeis University Judges defeated host Babson College, 76-66, in a non-conference men's basketball game on Tuesday night. With the win, Brandeis remained unbeaten at 5-0, while the Beavers slipped to 2-3.

Trailing by six with 11 minutes remaining in the second half, Babson used an 8-0 run fueled by six straight points from junior Greg Bush (East Islip, N.Y.) to take a 53-51 lead with nine minutes to play. However, that would prove to be the Beavers' final lead of the game, as Brandeis responded with a 15-4 run over the next seven minutes to go up 68-55. Babson would get as close as seven twice in the final two minutes, but the Judges eventually claimed the 76-66 win.

Junior Kwame Graves-Fulgham (Amherst, Mass.) led Brandeis with 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including five points during the game's decisive run. Junior Steve DeLuca (Merrimack, N.H.) and first-year Kenny Small (Stratford, Conn.) each added 10 points for the Judges, who shot 54.9 percent (28-for-51) from the floor in the victory.

For Meehan, his 200th career victory came in his fourth season at Brandeis and 11th season overall. He now boasts a career mark of 200-79, and his winning percentage of .717 ranks 17th among active Division III coaches (minimum five years coaching) and 18th all-time (10-year minimum). Meehan went 160-39 in seven seasons at Salem State and has now squared his record at Brandeis at 40-40.

Babson was led by junior Greg Bush (East Islip, N.Y.), who finished with a game-high 18 points while shooting 6-for-11 from the field and 6-for-6 from the line. Junior Brian MacDonald (Beverly, Mass.) also shot well, hitting 6-of-9 for 12 points, while sophomore Zach Etten (Hollis, N.H.) chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds. The Beavers shot 51.0 percent (26-51) from the field in the loss, but hit just 4-of-16 from beyond the three-point arc.