WALTHAM, Mass. - Senior forward Terrell Hollins(Springfield, Mass./Longmeadow) had a career day in leading the20th-ranked Brandeis University men's basketball teampast Carnegie Mellon University, 72-59, in University AthleticAssociation (UAA) action today.
Hollins scored 19 points, including the 1000th of hiscareer late in the second half. He also grabbed 16 rebounds,matching a career-high, while also leading all players with sixassists, three blocked shots (also a career-best) and three steals.
Hollins reached the milestone with a lay-up at the 4:43 mark ofthe second half, giving him 1,001 career points, tied with MarcPeabody '90 for 26th in career scoring. He shot 9-of-14from the field with a free throw. Four of Hollins's 16 reboundscame on the offensive glass, while his six assists were one shy ofa career-high. His double-double performance was his fourth in arow, sixth of the season and the 15th of his career.
Brandeis (14-3, 5-2 UAA) enior guard KennySmall (Stratford, Conn./Stratford) led all scorers with 26points, thanks to a 6-of-7 performance from beyond the arc, whilealso connecting on all four free throws. Two other Brandeis playersscored in double figures, as senior guard AndreRoberson (Springfield, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson) had12 points and sophomore back-court mate TyroneHughes (Dorchester, Mass./Taft School) finished with 10.
Carnegie Mellon (4-14, 0-7) lost its sixth-straight game againstthe Judges and their 11th in a row this season despitetheir own double-double from junior forward Matthew Pettit (AnnArbor, Mich./Pioneer), who had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Six ofhis caroms came on the offensive glass, helping the Tartans to a13-9 edge in second-chance points. Senior guard Jack Anderson(Beaver Falls, Pa./Beaver Falls) led CMU with 15 points and blockedthree shots to match Hollins. Junior forward Shane Rife(Mercersburg, Pa./James Buchanan) came off the bench to score 13points as the Tartan reserves outscored Brandeis's 25-1.
Brandeis never trailed in the game. With the game tied at 5-5 inthe early going, they went on a 12-4 run over a stretch of 3:15that gave them the lead for good. Two Small trifectas capped therun. Carnegie Mellon answered and eventually climbed within one,27-26, with 5:41 remaining before halftime. Brandeis answered with12 unanswered points in the next three-plus minutes, thanks inlarge part to Hollins, who had a basket and two assists in a stringthat ended with a Roberson jumper. CMU scored eight of the half'sfinal 10 points to trail by a 41-34 margin at the break. Small ledall players with 18 points on four 3-pointers, while Hollins andCMU's Pettit each had 13 points and six boards in the first.
The Tartans scored the first two hoops of the second half,getting within 41-38 on a jumper by senior Jon Wolleben(Plattsburgh, N.Y./Plattsburgh). The deficit was still five, 47-42,on a steal and lay-up by Rife with 12:39 left in the contest.Brandeis responded with an 11-3 stretch over 4:17, during whichHollins had three blocked shots, four rebounds and put anexclamation point on the game with a steal and thunderous dunk atthe 8:22 mark that gave the Judges their largest lead of the game,13 points, at 58-45. The Judges were able to control the action therest of the way.
Brandeis and Carnegie Mellon will meet again in Pittsburgh nextSunday afternoon, after the Judges take on Case Western Reservenext Friday evening while the Tartans are playing NYU.