January 28, 2007

Slow first half costs men's hoops at Chicago, 88-76

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Five players scored in double figures for the Brandeis men's basketball team today, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 22-point halftime deficit as the Judges fell at the University of Chicago, 88-76, in University Athletic Association action.

Brandeis (13-5, 3-4 UAA) dropped its second-straight conference game and fell to 0-4 on the road in the league. After a tight first eight minutes of the contest, the Judges trailed 16-11 with 11:27 left in the first half. Chicago (15-3, 6-1 UAA) answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to go up by 11, and the Maroons continued on a 15-6 run that put them up by 20, 37-17, 4:51 before the break. UC opened up the lead to as many as 29 in the second half. The Judges closed to within 12 with 4:16 remaining in the game, but could never cut the gap any further.

Rookie Andre Roberson (Springfield, Mass.) led the parade of Judges in double figures with 14 points off the bench, hitting six-of-10 from the floor. Classmate Kenny Small (Stratford, Conn.) added 13 points, going three-of-seven with two 3-pointers, and five-of-six from the line. Junior Joe Coppens (Rockland, Mass.) reached double figures for the second game in a row with 11 points, while classmate Steve DeLuca (Merrimack, N.H.) and rookie Terrell Hollins both contributed 10 points and a team-high six rebounds.

Chicago put four players in double figures, with senior Brandon Woodhead recording a double-double with game-highs of 18 points and 10 assists. Junior Nate Hainje added 17 points and Jake Pancratz connected for 15. Two Maroons tied for game-high honors with six rebounds.