Narragansett native Eric D’Aguanno made by far his biggest contribution in a Brandeis jersey this past Sunday as he nailed the game-winning shot in the nick of time to give the Judges a 75-73 upset victory over Emory, the nation’s third-ranked Division III team.
With eight tenths of a second remaining and the score deadlocked, the former Mariner and St. Andrew’s star picked up Chandler Jones’ blocked shot and placed it into the cup to give Brandeis its first win over the Eagles since the 2016-17 season.
The game was evenly-fought throughout, as the teams were tied ten times and the lead changed hands on 11 occasions, with neither squad possessing a double-digit advantage at any point in the contest.
D’Aguanno’s late game heroics further cemented his status as the Judges’ sixth man. He has been one of the team’s key contributors this winter despite not appearing in the starting five at all.
Coming off the bench in each of Brandeis’s 14 games to date, the senior swingman is averaging 11.4 points per game, aided by a team-leading 78.1 percent clip from the free-throw line among players with at least 30 attempts.
He has reached double figures nine times this season, including a 20-point effort versus Rivier on Nov. 13 and a season-high of 21 in a 97-65 victory over Salem State on Dec. 8 that sparked the 11-3 Judges’ current six-game winning streak.
On the defensive side of the ball, D’Aguanno has done a little bit of everything for Brandeis, as his 49 rebounds is good for third on the team, while his five steals and three blocked shots place him fifth in both categories.
Brandeis will be heading to the Midwest this upcoming weekend in a bid to extend their hot run, with a Friday evening meeting versus Washington of St. Louis and a Sunday matinee against Chicago next on the Judges’ docket.
Sweet making moves
After a slow start to her freshman campaign at Plymouth State, Narragansett alumna Sarah Sweet has pushed for more playing time since the start of the new year, with the ex-Mariner coming off the bench in five of the last six games for the Panthers.
This upturn in fortune began with an 11-minute stint versus Western Connecticut on Jan. 4, which included her first basket at the collegiate level early in the final quarter of what ended up being an 89-51 Colonial rout.
More recently, Sweet posted her first double figure effort in Plymouth State colors last Saturday with a 10-point performance that was just about the Panthers’ only bright spot as they were beaten 91-43 by UMass-Dartmouth.
In seven games as a reserve for Plymouth State, the freshman guard is averaging 8.3 minutes and 2.1 points per game with three assists and eight rebounds, with half of her boards coming in the aforementioned tilt against Western Connecticut.
Sweet and the 3-11 Panthers will be hoping to bring an end to their current losing streak this week, as they will be hitting the road for a meeting versus UMass-Boston before squaring off with Rhode Island College three days later.