UChicago Men’s Basketball Goes Down to the Wire at Washington-St. Louis in 79-78 Defeat

Ryan Jacobsen
Ryan Jacobsen

ST. LOUIS – The University of Chicago men's basketball team held the lead for 36-straight minutes, but No. 10-ranked Washington University – St. Louis rallied late to defeat the Maroons 79-78 on Saturday.

The Maroons (4-7 record) and the Bears (10-2) opened University Athletic Association (UAA) play against each other for the 17th-straight year.

The first half of play unfolded to UChicago's advantage. The visitors contested shots and WashU struggled to convert their looks, making only 26 percent of its field goals midway through the period.

The Maroons took advantage with a 14-0 run that gave them a 19-8 lead. Back-to-back threes from sophomore guard Jordan Baum and senior guard Jake Fenlon preceded junior guard Justin Jackson's spin move and layup.

UChicago's biggest lead of the half occurred at 29-13. Nine different players scored for the visitors up to that point as the offense executed at a 61 percent clip from the field.

The Bears began to execute more effectively on their end to shrink the deficit several times. Sophomore forward Sam Sustacek posted a pair of layups to push the lead back to 39-29. A Fenlon trey in the final seconds gave UChicago a 45-34 advantage at halftime.

The Maroons shot 53 percent from the field and 43 percent on threes in that time. WashU missed all seven of its long-distance jumpers en route to 38 percent shooting on field goals.

The second half of play was typified by big momentum swings. Fenlon hit another three-pointer to open the period to put his team up 14, but the Bears struck back to get within 54-52. Consecutives threes from junior guard Noah Karras and Fenlon got UChicago back on track. Soon enough, the visitors were in control again at 70-58.

A layup by senior forward Collin Barthel with four minutes left made the score 76-69. But the Maroon offense dried up from there as WashU made defensive stops down the stretch. The hosts clawed back and grabbed the lead 79-78 thanks to a pair of free throws with six seconds left. A long jumper at the buzzer drew iron for UChicago to end the game.

Fenlon led the team in scoring with 17 points. With his five treys, Fenlon became UChicago's all-time leader in three-pointers made with 207. Jesse Meyer (Class of 2007) was the previous record holder with 205.

Junior forward Ryan Jacobsen tallied 14 points and nine rebounds. Baum dished out eight assists, grabbed seven rebounds and scored six points from the point.

For the game, UChicago converted 43.1 percent on field goals, 35.5 percent on three-pointers (11-31) and 84.6 percent on free throws (11-13). WashU made 41.9 percent from the field, 23.1 percent from deep (3-13) and 82.4 percent from the charity stripe (14-17). The Bears won the rebounding battle 45-38.


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