Mass. College Hoops: Brandeis Cracks Top 25 Poll


Courtesy of the Brandeis University sports information department, here is today’s press release pertaining toward the men’s basketball team earning a spot for the first time this season in this week’s Top 25 poll:

WALTHAM, Mass. – For the first time this season, the Brandeis University men’s basketball team has cracked the Top 25 in the national poll. The Judges, who defeated the University of Chicago and then-13th-ranked Washington University on the road over the weekend, check in at No. 19 in their first appearance in the poll since 2011.

With a record of 14-2, the Judges have already surpassed their win total from 2011-12. After their successful road trip to the Midwest, they improved to 5-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). Brandeis defeated Chicago, 59-55, on Friday night and Washington U., 69-62, on Sunday afternoon to complete just the sixth road sweep of those two teams in UAA history. In both contests, Brandeis rallied from a halftime deficit – 10 points against the Maroons and four points against the Bears.

Against Chicago, junior guard Gabriel Moton of St. Petersburg, Fla., a transfer from Boston College, scored seven of his game-high 14 points in the first 5:21 of the second half as the Judges closed to within one point. Classmate forward Alex Stoyle of Goffstown, N.H., scored eight of his 12 points in the final five minutes, including the go-ahead bucket on a fast-break with 4:30 remaining. Moton also had eight rebounds and five assists against UC.

In the win over WashU, Moton and junior guard Derek Retos of North Attleboro, Mass., were the stars. The Judges handed the Bears just their seventh loss in the last 100 games when they were leading at halftime and just their 13th home loss in the previous 13 seasons. Retos scored all of his game-high 23 points in the second half, hitting 7-of-10 overall and 6-of-9 from 3-point range. He became the seventh player in school history with 150 career 3-pointers in the process. Moton added 14 second-half points, including the game-winning trifecta with 1:19 left in the contest and the shot clock winding down.

Overall this season, Moton leads the Judges in scoring, averaging 15.3 points per game, seventh in the UAA. He also tops the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg, 6th in UAA) and assists (3.9 apg, 6th in UAA), making him one of two players in the league to lead his team in all three categories. Retos’s 11.1 points per game are second on the team and 17th in the UAA. The Judges’ calling card this season has been their defense, as the lead the conference in scoring defense (60.9 points per game allowed), field goal percentage defense (38.6%) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (31.4%).

The Judges return to UAA road action this weekend, traveling to Emory University Friday night at 8 p.m. before a showdown at the University of Rochester, ranked No. 2 in the latest poll, Sunday at noon. Brandeis’s next home games come a week later against the same teams.

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