GRANVILLE, Ohio – Collin Barthel scored 17 points and teammate Noah Karras added 13 to lead the University of Chicago men's basketball team in an 82-69 nonleague loss at Denison University Sunday afternoon.
Teammate Jordan Baum chipped in nine points and seven assists in the setback, the Maroons' (4-7 record) final non-conference game of the 2017-18 season. University Athletic Association play kicks off Saturday, Jan. 6, at Washington-St. Louis.
UChicago struggled offensively in the first period, shooting just 32.3 percent (10-of-31) from the field in the first 20 minutes as host Denison (7-4) built a 47-32 lead at halftime. Barthel, who also finished with seven rebounds, scored 13 of his 17 in the first half to lead the Maroons' charge.
Baum opened the second half with one of his three 3-pointers, but the Big Red answered with a 7-0 run to take a 19-point lead at the 16:35 mark, up 54-35. Back-to-back 3s by Baum and Karras and another Karras jumper kept the Maroons in the game and trimmed that lead to just eight, 59-51, with 10:20 to play.
Barthell added a made bucket two minutes later to bring UChicago within seven, 62-55, but the hosts would again hold off the charge, executing a 9-0 run over the next two minutes to push the lead back to 16 (71-55).
UChicago outscored the Big Red in the second half, 37-35, shooting 57.7 percent (15-for-26) from the field while holding Denison to 40.6 percent (13-for-32) second-half shooting. For the game, the Maroons finished 43.9 percent from the floor compared to 47.1 percent for Denison, and the Big Red hit 10-of-25 (40 percent) from downtown compared to 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) for UChicago.
Dension also won the battle on the boards, 38-33, and scored 19 points off the Maroons' 17 turnovers, while the Big Red committed 13 giveaways.
Four players scored in double figures to lead Denison, led by Maxwell Siwik's 25 points and 11 rebounds.
- Saturday, Jan. 6: UChicago at Washington-St. Louis, 3 p.m. CT.