December 11, 2007

No. 2 men's hoops dominates boards in 78-67 win over Curry

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University men's basketball team, ranked No. 2 in the nation in NCAA Division III, defeated Curry College, 78-67, as the Judges outrebounded the visiting Colonels, 54-22, in Red Auerbach Arena tonight.

Brandeis (9-1), which has won nine of its first 10 games for the second year in a row, outscored Curry 28-6 on second-chance points. The Judges pulled down 25 offensive rebounds, three more than Curry's total on both ends of the floor.

The Judges never trailed in the game, opening on a hot streak, hitting six of their first eight shots en route to an 18-8 lead with just over eight minutes elapsed in the contest. The lead sat between seven and 12 points for the rest of the first half as the Judges took a 39-29 lead into the locker room. Brandeis then scored the first 11 points of the second half, taking a 50-29 lead with 16:28 on the clock. Curry rallied and got as close as 10 points in the final two minutes, but it was too little, too late.

Brandeis put four players in double figures, paced by junior Kevin Olson (Rockport, Mass.), who had 16 points on six-of-11 shooting, including three-of-six from beyond the arc. Senior guard Joe Coppens (Rockland, Mass.) recorded his first collegiate double-double with 15 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, six coming on the offensive glass. Sophomore forward Terrell Hollins (Springfield, Mass.) added 14 points and nine boards, while senior guard Florian Rexhepi (Skopje, Macedonia) came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers and finish with 13 points. Rexhepi led a Brandeis bench that outscored Curry's by a 23-5 margin. Senior Stephen Hill (Brighton, Mass.) contributed to the Judges' board dominance with 10 rebounds (four offensive).

Curry (4-5) also had four players in double figures, led by senior Johnathan Bowers (Kalamazoo, Mich.) with a game-high 19 points and team-high nine rebounds. Classmate and guard Tim Hones (Brookline, Mass.) added 18 points and a game-high seven assists. Senior James Bartelle (Washington, D.C.) and sophomore Mark Mastrullo (Billerica, Mass.) each hit three trifectas of their own to score 13 and 12 points, respectively. The Colonels outshot Brandeis, 46 percent to 44 percent, including a 54%-41% advantage in the second half.