Men’s Basketball Overcomes 17-Point Deficit to Defeat Brandeis, 76-70

Men’s Basketball Overcomes 17-Point Deficit to Defeat Brandeis, 76-70

DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's basketball team snapped a four-game skid against Brandeis University, coming from behind from a 17-point deficit to take a 76-70 decision at the Tripp Athletic Center on Tuesday night.  

The Basics

Score: UMass Dartmouth 76, Brandeis 70
Records: UMass Dartmouth (3-1, 0-0 LEC) | Brandeis (1-3, 0-0 UAA)

How it Happened

The Corsairs started slow, converting on just 3-of-14 shooting, and fell to a 19-7 deficit as Judges' freshman Lawrence Sabir (Pawtucket, R.I.) scored 12 of his game-high 26 points in the stretch. UMass Dartmouth begun to find its offense in the 10 minutes leading up to halftime as it was narrowly edged 21-20 in the scoring run to trim the lead to just 11 points.  

Following the intermission, the Corsairs cut the lead to just three points, scoring the first eight in the half as freshman Jake Ashworth (Fairhaven, Mass.) contributed six of them before Brandeis slowed the action with a timeout.  The Corsairs continued to ride the second-half momentum to a 14-4 drive, cutting the gap to 44-41. Both teams jostled for control as the Judges kept the host at bay with an 8-5 run of their own.  

With 9:34 left to play, the Corsairs offense got out to a 15-6, six-minute span that propelled them to victory. During the run, sophomores Brandon Williams Jr. (Dorchester, Mass.) and Cody Borges (Dartmouth, Mass.) combined for 10 points to help provide the boost.  

With under two minutes to play, Borges added his biggest points of the night, knocking down a triple before hitting a pair from the foul line to give his team a 69-63 advantage. After the teams traded the ball on back-to-back possessions, junior Arinze Obiora (Lagos, Nigeria) scored the final two points on free-throws to close the book on the six-point win.  

Inside the Numbers

  • UMass Dartmouth overcame a deficit of 17 points to earn the win, holding the lead for just 39 seconds in the contest.   
  • Obiora finished a rebound shy of a double-double, notching a team-high 22 points on 9-of-15 from the floor to go along with two steals defensively.
  • Senior Joshua Imadiyi (Lynn, Mass.) logged his second double-double of the year, scoring 12 points and pulling down 11 boards. Borges, Ashworth, and Williams Jr. all finished in double-figures for points.
  • UMass Dartmouth reversed the tides from the field between halves, shooting 57 percent (16-of-28) in the second stanza to better an 11-for-30 (36 percent) first half.
  • The Corsairs were edged on the glass 38-32, but controlled the paint with 40 points to the Judges' 28.
  • Brandies knocked down 20-of-23 (87 percent) from the free throw line while the Corsairs were 18-of-21 (85.7 percent) when sent to the line.

Up Next

The Corsairs wrap-up the four-game home stand on Thursday, hosting Bridgewater State at 7:00 P.M. Brandeis will square off with the defending national champions when it hosts Babson at 1:00 P.M on Saturday.