Saturday, December 9, 2006
What did it take for the Brandeis men's basketball team to suffer its first loss?
In its 10th game of the season, two hours from home, playing on one of the tougher home courts in New England, and taking on the second-ranked Division 3 squad in the nation. That's all.
Host Amherst built up a 14-point halftime cushion and then held off Brandeis in the final 20 minutes for an 84-74 non-league win Saturday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Junior tri-captain Steve DeLuca, paced Brandeis (9-1), off to its best start since the 1972-73 season, with 30 points and eight rebounds. Kevin Olson (15) and Amherst native Kwame Graves-Fulgham (10) also scored in double figures. Fletcher Walters (16 points) paced Amherst (7-0).
While Brandeis was finally stopped, the Bentley men continued to roll, posting their ninth straight win in an 80-72 Northeast-10 Conference victory over host Stonehill in Easton.
Ranked seventh in Division 2, the Falcons received a career-high 20 points from sophomore guard Lew Finnegan in matching the program's best start in 32 years.
Senior forward Jeff Holmes and senior guard Danny Lawson and junior point Yusuf Abdul-Ali added 14 points apiece for the Falcons (9-0).
In the women's matchup, freshman forward Colette Josey of Framingham submitted her best performance to date as a collegian -- an 18-point, 13-rebound, 5-block effort for Bentley. But Stonehill stole a 57-55 victory on senior Kim Morast's 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left, her winner set up by freshman Megan Methven's steal of an inbound pass with eight seconds remaining.
-- Craig Larson