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Men's Basketball Beaten By Brandeis Judges, 81-72

By Thomas Kettler
Staff Reporter

The men's varsity basketball team lost its fourth game Tuesday night against the Brandeis University Judges, 81-72. The men are now 1-4 overall, but still 1-1 in the Constitution Athletic Conference.

Through the first half, MIT had problems holding the ball and generated turnovers. Brandeis was able to convert the turnovers by shooting 59 percent from the floor while the Engineers shot just 47 percent.

Brandeis also shot well from 3-point land in the first half, making three of six. MIT did convert what free throws it got, but only had five shots from the charity stripe, making four. The Judges led at the half 40-35.

The Judges held off the Engineers in the second half for the win. They converted the necessary free throws in the end when it counted as MIT was forced to stop the clock by fouling in the final minute.

The Engineers had three starters in double figures, led by center Keith Whalen '96 with 26. Guard Randy Hyun '95 scored 19 and forward Joe Levesque '95 scored 10. Whalen was also the leading rebounder with seven while forward Tim Porter '96 and Hyun tied for the lead in assists with four.

The main difference in the game was turnovers. MIT had 28, while Brandeis had just 18. Otherwise, MIT played fairly well in the game despite the difference in shooting percentage. The Engineers shot 45 percent while the Judges shot 59 percent, led by Chris Schneider's 9 of 17 performance for 20 overall.

Head coach Leo Osgood was quite pleased with the performance, "I think I can sum it up in two phases of the game: turnovers and the foul line. I thought we handled their pressure fairly well beyond the turnovers, but we just didn't convert."

The varsity team plays Eastern Nazarene College today at 7:30 p.m. at Rockwell Cage in a nonconference game.