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Red-hot Judges hold off men's basketball




WALTHAM, Mass. -- Despite red-hot shooting from long distance by Brandeis, the Bates men's basketball team kept its first game in 20 days close for the majority of an 86-72 non-conference loss on Friday evening.

The host Judges (6-5) hit 15 of 20 three-point attempts, including 10 of 11 during the second half, thwarting the Bobcats' comeback efforts.

Junior Ed Bogdanovich (Portland, Maine) scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while junior Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) netted 15 points and handed out six assists to lead Bates. Senior John Squires (Swampscott, Mass.) added 11 points and six boards, and sophomore Luke Matarazzo (Shelton, Conn.) contributed 10 points.

Leading the 3-point barrage for the Judges were Ben Bartoldus and Vytas Kriskus. Bartoldus hit 5-of-7 from downtown and led all scorers with 23 points. He matched his career-high for the second game in a row, shooting 9-of-14 overall. Kriskus was perfect from long range, going 5-of-5, to finish with 17 points, and registered his second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds, matching a career-high, and also set a career-best with seven assists.

Youri Dascy had 15 points and seven rebounds, hitting 6-of-7 from the field, while Derek Retos had 11. Retos, who is ranked third in the nation in 3-pointers per game, hit 3-of-5 from deep, opening up the floor for his teammates. Tyrone Hughes led all players with eight assists.

The Judges hit 59 percent overall from the field (33-56) for the game and never trailed. The 75 percent on 3-pointers (minimum 10 made) is tied for second-highest in NCAA Division III play this season.

Brust was held scoreless in the first half but hit eight points in the first four minutes of the second to get the Bobcats within seven points at 44-37, their closest deficit of the second half. Brust also had a team-high six assists, three in each half.

Bogdanovich, meanwhile, turned in a double-double performance of his own with 15 points and 10 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass. He had nine points and seven boards (six offensive) after the intermission.

The Bobcats won the turnover battle, 11-3, for a 15-5 edge in points off those miscues, while outscoring Brandeis 21-6 in second-chance points thanks to a 17-5 margin on the offensive glass.

Brandeis jumped out to a quick 9-0 advantage, as Bates missed their first seven shots. The lead was as large as 12 early at 14-2 on a trifecta by Anthony Trapasso with 13:35 on the clock. Bates was able creep within two points at 24-22 with just over four minutes left in the first half after rookie Graham Safford (Hampden, Maine) made a three. Brandeis answered by connecting on three more 3-pointers before the break, taking a 37-29 lead into the locker room and never looking back.

The Bobcats (5-4) will next play at the University of New England on Jan. 3 at 7pm. The game can be followed online via Live Stats and video webcast.

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