No. 6 WashU Continues Homestand Against Brandeis, NYU

No. 6 WashU Continues Homestand Against Brandeis, NYU

vs Brandeis (4-8, 0-1 UAA)
Friday, Jan. 12 - 8 p.m. (CT) - St. Louis, Mo.
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vs. New York (8-3, 1-0 UAA)
Sunday, Jan. 14 - Noon (CT) - St. Louis, Mo.
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BEAR HEADLINES – The No. 6-ranked Washington University in St. Louis men's basketball team closes out a five-game homestand by hosting Brandeis University on Friday, Jan. 12, and New York University on Sunday, Jan. 14. The Bears improved to 10-2 and 1-0 in the University Athletic Association (UAA) with a 79-78 win over the University of Chicago Jan. 6.

SANDERS JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB – Senior forward Andrew Sanders scored 21 points in a 72-57 loss to No. 3 Augustana College (Ill.) on Dec. 29 and became the 24th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Sanders has scored 1,038 points in 72 career games, for an average of 14.4 per game. He is 19 points shy of 23rd place (Alan Aboona, 2010-14, 1,057).

BEARS PICKED TO WIN UAA TITLE – WashU was picked first in the UAA Preseason Coaches Poll. The Bears received seven first-place votes and are seeking their second-consecutive UAA title and 15th overall. Emory garnered the final first-place vote and was second, while Chicago was picked third.

SCOUTING BRANDEIS – The Judges dropped their opening league game at New York 90-82 on Jan. 6, and have dropped their last two games. Brandeis averages 75.5 points per game, and ranks third in the league in free-throw percentage (.743).

Freshman guard Lawrence Sabir (11.5 ppg), senior forward Latye Workman (11.3 ppg) and sophomore guard Eric D'Aguanno (10.3 ppg) average in double figures for Brandeis. Workman is  fourth in the UAA in rebounding (9.5) and sixth in free-throw percentage (.809).

Brian Meehan is the winningest coach in school history with a 210-166 (.559) overall record in 15 seasons. Meehan led the Judges to four-straight NCAA Tournaments from 2007-10, including two runs to the NCAA Quarterfinals, and a national ranking of No. 2 in 2007-08.

SERIES NOTES – WashU leads the all-time series with Brandeis, 46-12, and the Bears swept the season series a year ago. WashU defeated the Judges 88-61 in St. Louis and 95-91 in Waltham, Mass. The Bears have won three-straight games in the series.

SCOUTING NEW YORK – The Violets have won five of their last six games, including a 90-82 victory over Brandeis in the UAA opener Jan. 6. NYU leads the conference in field-goal percentage (.476), and three-point field-goal percentage (.387), and ranks second in scoring offense (84.7).

Sophomore forward Dom Cristiano (17.5 ppg), junior guard Ethan Feldman (16.0 ppg), sophomore forward Jimmy Martinelli (12.9 ppg) and senior guard Ross Udine (12.3 ppg) average in double figures for the Violets. Cristiano leads the conference in field-goal percentage (.611), while Udine is tops in the UAA in assists per game (6.8). In addition, Douglas Gertner is first in the league in free-throw percentage (.943) and Feldman is tops in three-point field-goal percentage (.581).

The winningest head coach in school history, Joe Nesci has compiled an overall record of 510-259 (.663) in 30 seasons with the Violets. Nesci has led his squads to two UAA titles (1993, 1994) and nine NCAA Tournament appearances, and was the 1994 National Runner-Up.

SERIES NOTES – WashU leads the all-time series with New York, 45-15, and the Bears swept the season series a year ago. WashU defeated New York 89-72 in St. Louis and 91-66 in New York City. The Bears have won three-straight games in the series.