January 5, 2007

No. 23 Brandeis men suffer 83-65 loss in UAA opener at Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Brandeis University men's basketball suffered an 83-65 loss in its University Athletic Association (UAA) opener at the University of Rochester. The Judges, playing their first game as a ranked team, fell behind by a 33-9 score 11 minutes into the contest and trailed by as many as 32 points in the first half. They got within 13 points in the second half, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Brandeis (10-2, 0-1 UAA) was unable to match the 1956-57 Judges for the best 12-game start in school history. The Judges were led by rookie reserves Kenny Small and Andre Roberson, who both had career scoring highs with 15 and 13 points respectively. No other Brandeis player had more than eight, with junior Steve DeLuca setting a career-low with two points in just 14 minutes of action. Roberson matched his career high with four assists, while three Brandeis players tied for team-high honors with three caroms. The Judges shot just 36 percent from the floor in the first half, but rebounded to hit 47 percent from the floor in the second.

Rochester (8-2, 2-0) got head coach Mike Neer his 500th career win thanks to balanced scoring that saw seven players score at least eight points. Guard Jeff Juron led all players with 15 points on a perfect shooting night. Juron went 5-5 from the floor, 1-1 from 3-point range and 4-4 from the free throw line. Jon Onyiriuka had 13 points for UR and Uche Ndubizu had 10. Onyiriuka led all players with nine rebounds, while Tim Brackney hit a game-high seven assists. The Yellowjackets won the battle of the boards, 35-25, and outshot Brandeis, 58 percent to 43 percent.