WALTHAM, Mass.- Three members of the Brandeis men's basketball team have earned All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors. Senior guard Vytas Kriskus of Kvedarna, Lithuania, was a first-team All-UAA selection while senior guard Tyrone Hughes of Dorchester, Mass., and sophomore center Youri Dascy of Fall River, Mass., earned All-UAA honorable mentions.
Kriskus finished the regular season as the team's leading scorer with 13.0 points per game while finishing second with 6.0 rebounds per game and third in 3-point shooting percentage at 43.2%. He was first with 115 field goals made while shooting at a 48.3% clip, finished second on the team with an 80.8% free throw percentage, and tied for fourth on the team with 16 steals. Kriskus finished near the top in three different UAA categories. He was eighth in free throw percentage, tied for ninth in rebounding, 11th in scoring. In UAA conference play Kriskus finished fourth in rebounding, eighth in scoring, and sixth in free throw percentage.
During the regular season, Kriskus played in all 25 games, starting the final 17. He scored in double-figures 16 times including a stretch of 10 straight performances to close out the year. He led the team in scoring eight times, including a season-high 31 points in a 97-89 overtime win on January 22nd at the University of Chicago. Kriskus also notched four double-doubles on the year while grabbing a career-high 12 caroms on Senior Day against rival NYU on Feb. 25th. Kriskus finished his career at Brandeis with 1,029 points, good for 28th place on the all-time list as he became the 30th Brandeis player to reach 1,000 career points at home against the University of Chicago on February 19th. He also finished fifth in school history with 156 3-pointers made, ninth in 3-point percentage at .394, and 10th in free-throw percentage at .806.
Hughes, a tri-captain for the second consecutive year, finished the regular season fourth on the team in scoring with 7.2 points per game while leading the team and finishing third in the UAA with 5.3 assists per game. He was 23rd among all NCAA Division III players in assists per game and 63rd with a 1.96 assist-to-turnover ratio. Hughes also led the Judges with 22 steals and finished tied for fifth with 2.5 rebounds per game.
During the regular season, Hughes led the team or shared the lead for assists 24 times in 25 games, all starts. He recorded at least six assists in 12 games including a career-high 11 during an overtime win at the University of Chicago (Jan. 22). In that same game Hughes recorded what is believed to be the first triple-double in Brandeis University history with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. He was also involved in Brandeis' most dramatic plays of the year. In the contest at Chicago, Hughes put back a miss at the buzzer to tie the game and send it to overtime where the Judges would eventually win 97-89. On Feb. 5th at Carnegie Mellon, he drove to the right baseline and banked in a buzzer beater for a 77-76 win. Hughes also hit a buzzer beater to beat Clark University last season. For his career, Hughes finished fourth in steals with 143 and assists with 380 while finishing second on the all-time list with 109 career games played.
Dascy finished tied for second on the team with 10.7 points per game while pulling down a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per game. He led the Judges with 27 blocked shots and all starters with a 52.6% field goal percentage. Dascy scored in double figures in 17 games, including the final five games of the season, while recording four double-doubles on the year. On Nov. 19th against Becker he pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds while recording a double-double with 16 points in a 77-76 overtime win. He led the team in rebounding 12 times and tied for the team lead three times, while leading the team in scoring in four games.
Brandeis finished the season 13-12 and 7-7 in the UAA. After a rough 2-5 start the Judges rebounded with a six game winning streak including wins over 2nd-ranked Amherst College and undefeated rival NYU to kick off conference play. The season continued to be a series of ups and downs but Brandeis hit many high points late in the season including three straight wins featuring thrilling back-to-back overtime wins against Chicago and Case Western Reserve. During the final stretch run of three home UAA matchups, the Judges earned a 79-69 upset of 24th-ranked, and eventual UAA Champion Washington University in St. Louis, at Red Auerbach Arena. The future looks bright for the Judges with a young roster as they head towards the 2012-13 season.
Kriskus is a 2008 graduate of Holderness School, Plymouth, N.H. He is the son of Vytautas and Virgenga Kriskus, Kvedarna, Lithuania.
Hughes is a 2008 graduate of Taft School, Watertown, Conn. He is the son of Percy and Marilyn Hughes, Dorchester, Mass.
Dascy is a 2010 graduate of St. Andrew's School, Barrington, R.I. He is the son of Pierre and Marie-Renee Dascy, Fall River, Mass.