Sawyer, D'Aguanno lead men to 75-69 win at Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. –Brandeis University men's basketball juniors Collin Sawyer (New London, Conn./New London) and Eric D'Aguanno (Saunderstown, R.I./St. Andrews School) combined for 44 points and eight rebounds today as the Judges defeated the University of Rochester Yellowjackets, 75-69, in a University Athletic Association contest. With the win, Brandeis improves to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in the UAA, and picks up their first win at Rochester since 2010. The Yellowjackets fall to 14-4, 4-3 UAA.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Rochester got off to a fast start, opening the game on a 15-3 run over the first 5:45. Six points came from UR's Patrick Benka in the run.
  • Trailing 17-5, Brandeis responded with a 21-9 run, eventually tying the game at 26-all on a lay-up by graduate student Latye Workman (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bedford Academy).
  • Rochester scored the next four points of the game, but the Judges answered the bell again, taking their first lead of the game on a Sawyer trifecta with 1:42 left that made 34-32.
  • The hosts ended the period with seven of the last nine points to take a 39-36 lead into the locker room.
  • Brandeis had to climb out of a hole again in the second half, as Rochester opened on a 14-4 run to take a 50-43 lead on two Ryan Clamage free throws at the 14:43 mark.
  • The Judges answered with a 9-0 run of their own, with Sawyer cutting into the lead quickly with four free throws after UR turnovers.
  • After a handful of empty possessions, sophomore Lawrence Sabir (Providence, R.I./LaSalle Academy) had a steal and lay-up to make it a one-point game, while a D'Aguanno long ball just before the midpoint of the second half gave the lead back to the Judges at 52-50.
  • Rochester's Clamage answered with a lay-up, but D'Aguanno hit a fast-break trifecta at the 8:33 mark to give the Judges the lead for good, 55-52 with 8:33 left. Clamage answered again, but D'Aguanno converted a four-point play on the next possession to make it a five-point game.
  • Though Clamage connected from deep to get the hosts back within two, Workman and Sawyer scored the game's next five points to give the Judges their biggest lead of the game, 64-57, with 4:55 on the clock, and Brandeis was able to keep the Yellowjackets at bay the rest of the way.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Sawyer led all scorers with a career-high 23 points, hitting 6-of-12 overall, 3-of-7 from downtown, and 8-of-8 from the line. He also grabbed a pair of rebounds and had two blocked shots.
  • Sawyer had 12 points in the first half and 11 in the second.
  • D'Aguanno netted 21 points in 24 minutes off the bench. He was 7-of-11 overall, 6-of-9 from deep and his only free throw. He also grabbed a game-high six rebounds.
  • This marked the 11th time in his career that D'Aguanno hit five or more 3-pointers in a game, the fourth this season.
  • Senior Corey Sherman (Penn Valley, Pa./Lower Merion) added 10 points, while Sabir had nine points and a season-high eight assists, one shy of a career-best.
  • Rochester put four players in double figures in scoring. Clamage finished with 21 points to lead the hosts, netting 13 in the second half. He also had a team-high five rebounds.
  • Andrew Lundstrom tallied 15 off the bench for UR, 11 coming in the first period.
  • Jacob Wittig finished with 12 points and matched Sabir with eight assists, while Benka totaled 10 points.
  • Brandeis shot 52% from the field for the game, hitting 13-of-25 in both halves for 26-50 for the game. Meanwhile, after UR shot 56% in the first half (14-25), the Judges held them to 38% in the second (11-29) for 46% for the game.
  • Brandeis outscored Rochester, 39-18 from 3-point range, establishing a season-high with 13 trifectas.
  • The Judges were also extremely effect in converting their turnovers into points. Despite losing the turnover battle, 13-11, Brandeis outscored Rochester, 20-5, in points off those miscues.
  • Rochester won the rebounding battle, 29-25.
  • Coupled with the Brandeis women's 56-52 win in the second game of the doubleheader, the Judges were part of just the program's third-ever sweep in Rochester. The previous two times were in 2009 and 2010.

UP NEXT

  • The Judges will meet their same two opponents from this weekend next weekend, hosting Emory next Friday night at 6 p.m. and Rochester on Super Bowl Sunday at noon.