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Eastman scores the 1,000. Career point as the men defeat Chicago 62-47 in the first game of 2022

CHICAGO, Illinois — Despite not having played in a month and 10 days, the Brandeis University men’s basketball team clinched a 62-47 University Athletic Association victory at the University of Chicago tonight. PhD student Tommy Eastman (Honeoye Falls, NY/Honeoye Falls-Lima) led with a game-high 20 points, including a career 1,000th. With the win, the judges improve to 8-2 overall, 1-0 in the UAA. The Maroons fall to 5-9, 0-3 UAA.

Eastman was the star of the game for the judges. After scoring a team-high 10 points in the first half, he hit his milestone with a 3-pointer at 16:39 in the game. He finished the contest with a 9-on-13 shooting from the field, 1-on-2 from beyond the arc, and 1-on-2 from the free-throw line. Eastman also finished second on the team with six rebounds. Eastman reached the 1,000-point plateau at three different schools and scored 553 points at SUNY Geneseo as a first and second grader. He scored 367 points as a senior at Middlebury College in 2019-20 and now sits on 87 points with Brandeis, giving him 1,007 points overall.

The judges also received 11 points from the first year forward Toby Harris (Durham, NC/Durham Academy), who shot from the field with a 3-pointer 5-for-10. Senior Chandler Jones (Springfield, Mass./Springfield Commonwealth Academy) added nine points and game-bests of four assists and seven rebounds off the bench. Jones led the judges to a 35-28 advantage on the boards. Brandeis shot just under 50 percent from field (22-46, 47.8%) for the game while holding UC 35.3% (18-51), including 5.6% from 3-point range (1- 18) after missing his first 17 tries from downtown.

Chicago was driven forward by forward Zach Munson, who scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds, both team-bests. Bryce Hopkins finished the home team with eight points while Brandon Beckman had three assists.

There were four draws and five lead changes in the first half of the competition. The Maroons led by as much as eight points when Hopkins hit a jumper at 13:45 for a 14-6. Brandeis was trailing on a Munson bucket with 8:02 to go in the first half, 22-17, but the judges closed the stanza with a 14-6 run to put a 31-28 lead in the dressing room. Eastman had six points and Jones added four in the closing run. Brandeis opened the second half with a 12-4 run in the first four minutes of the second half, with Jones, Eastman and Harris all contributing 3-pointers as the judges stretched their lead to double digits and never looked back.

The judges return to action at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon (12 Central) when they take on UAA leaders and No. 4 Washington University on the streets of St. Louis.

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