Balanced Attack Lifts Men's Hoops Past Rose-Hulman, 89-76

Jake Fenlon
Jake Fenlon

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's basketball used a balanced scoring attack and held on during a physical contest against visiting Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to pick up an 89-76 victory to open the Midway Classic Saturday at the Ratner Athletics Center.

Four players scored in double-figures for the Maroons (1-0), as Jake Fenlon (15 points), Jordan Baum (13 points), Justin Jackson (12 points) and Noah Karras (11 points) helped lead the offensive attack that shot a crisp 46.3 percent (31-of-67) from the field.

Although the Maroons led by as many as 17 with less than two minutes to play, the game featured five lead changes and five ties, mainly due to a tight first half of play. Rose-Hulman (0-2) opened the game on a Craig McGee layup and the Fightin' Engineers would take their largest lead at the 9:25 mark, leading by seven at 19-12.

A Sam Sustacek offensive board and putback and ensuing Fenlon triple cut that lead quickly, and two layups by Ryan Jacobsen and Dominic Laravie gave the lead back to UChicago, 21-19.

Rose would take its last lead at the 3:27 mark of the first half, setting up a second frame that saw the Maroons – who held a 34-29 advantage at the break -- get the momentum early. UChicago opened the second half on a 6-0 run and never gave up the lead after that. The closest RHIT would come was five, 46-41, with 14:06 left, but the Maroons found their stride at the 3-point line, as Jacobsen, Fenlon, Jackson, and Jake Berhorst all hit from downtown in the next five minutes of play.

The game featured 51 total fouls and 68 free throws, with the Engineers making 36-of-44 (81.8 percent) and the Maroons draining 14-of-24 (58.3 percent). UChicago held RHIT to 36.5 percent (19-of-52) shooting from the floor and just 2-of-16 from the 3-point line, while dominating from deep with 13 makes on 29 shots (44.8 percent).

Rebounds were near even, with RHIT getting the edge at 40-39, but the Maroons distributed the ball well, totaling 26 assists to just six for the Engineers.

Jacobsen finished with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds and Sustacek chipped in nine points to round out UChicago's leaders.

For Rose-Hulman, Craig McGee scored 20 points and Ryuji Aoki added 19 in the setback.

NEXT GAME:

  • Sunday, Nov. 19: Trinity (Tex.) at UChicago, 3 p.m. CT.