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Men's Basketball Survives OT at Brandeis, 73-71

Men's Basketball Survives OT at Brandeis, 73-71

For the second straight Sunday the No. 18 ranked Emory University men's basketball team survived a UAA thriller in overtime, defeating Brandeis University 73-71 in Waltham, Massachusetts.

The Eagles move into sole possession of first place in the UAA after a 2-0 record on the road this weekend, leading the standings at 4-1 with a one game lead over a four-way tie for second.

Senior Mason Johnson had the lone bucket for either side in the overtime session as Emory held Brandeis scoreless. The Judges went 0-for-8 across the five extra minutes as the Eagles' defense honed in and had a pair of key blocks by Johnson and sophomore Cale Martens. Brandeis had two chances within the final 10 seconds of the game but both three-point attempts drew iron as Emory hung on for the two-point win.

Johnson paced four Eagles with 12 points or more, netting a team-high 16 points. Martens finished with 15 points and grabbed a team-best nine rebounds. Freshmen Benjamin Pearce and Jair Knight each recorded 12 points with Pearce dishing out a season-best eight assists and Knight posting eight rebounds including four on the offensive end.

For the Judges, Toby Harris had a game-high 26 points including 18 in the second half as he helped force overtime. He sank six threes and corralled eight rebounds. Ethan Edwards had 16 points off the bench while Quron Zene posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The first half was back-and-forth with both sides trading several leads. Emory had a 9-2 run late in the half to regain the lead but Harris would send the teams to the break knotted at 36 as he drilled one of his two first half threes right as the buzzer sounded.

In the second half, neither team could gain much separation to start prior to the Eagles extending their lead to six at 55-49 with 11:32 to go in regulation.

After an Edwards triple to make it 55-52 Harris and Knight went toe-to-toe, trading baskets at each end of the court until a Harris three-ball put Brandeis back in front at 61-60.

The teams continued to trade buckets before a two-handed slam by Harris followed by a pair of free throws by Edwards off an Emory turnover pushed Brandeis in front 71-68 with 2:21 on the clock. Another Eagles turnover looked costly but a missed layup by Edwards after the steal led to a game-tying three by Martens on the other end with 1:11 left.

The Eagles had a couple chances in the closing seconds with a Pearce three attempt and a designed out-of-bounds play with 1.0 seconds showing but neither could fall, sending the game into overtime.

Cold shooting led to the low-scoring extra period but Johnson gave Emory the go-ahead layup with 3:37 to play. Martens had a block on an Edwards jumper down at the other end following the Johnson basket. With 50 seconds remaining, Johnson came up clutch with a huge rejection on a Zene shot attempt to keep Brandeis off the scoring column. With the game nearing towards zeroes, both Ryan Power and Dylan Lien put up three-point attempts under seven seconds to go but neither shot fell, giving Emory its second road victory of the weekend.

The Eagles return to the WoodPEC next week as they'll close out the first half of the UAA schedule with Chicago and WashU visiting Atlanta.