By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11
For the first time since 2012, the Brandeis University men’s basketball team will have a chance to win a Big 4 Challenge, thanks to a late afternoon win over Salem State.
The Judges, who defeated the Vikings by a score of 77-69, will face host Babson College, which defeated Tufts University, 94-73.
Babson competed in the Big 4 Championship last season – the game was held at Tufts – but fell to Salem State, which captured the four-team, two-day tournament crown for the first time in program history.
The Beavers captured the 2016 tournament with back-to-back wins over Tufts and Salem State.
Babson and Brandeis will meet tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. – the game will be held in Babson Park – while Salem State and Tufts will square-off at 2 p.m.
Brandeis 77, Salem State 69: Corey Sherman scored a team-high 24 points, while Colin Sawyer added 18 points to lift the Judges to their third-straight win. Salem State led Brandeis, 32-29, at the break, while the Judges outscored the Vikings, 48-37, in the second stanza to secure their fourth win of the season. Salem State’s Sean Bryan led all scorers with 27 points on 7 of 21 shooting, including 5 of 11 from beyond the arc and 8 of 10 at the free-throw line.
Babson 94, Tufts 73: Three Babson starters netted double-figures, including Brandon Johnson to send the host Beavers past Tufts for the Green and White’s third-straight win. Johnson led the Beavers with 21 points, while also adding five rebounds, two assists and one steal. James Welch netted 14 points off the bench on 5 of 10 shooting, including 4 of 6 from downtown. Tyler Aronson paced the Jumbos with 17 points, while Eric Savage added 13 points off the bench. Babson led 50-29 at the break, while both teams netted 44 points, respectively, during the final 20 minutes.
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