CHICAGO -- Four Maroons scored in double figures as the University of Chicago men's basketball team capped a conference weekend sweep with an 86-78 win over University Athletic Association rival Case Western Reserve University Sunday at the Ratner Athletics Center.
- Chicago (13-9 overall, 6-5 UAA) fell behind 18-10 midway through the first half.
- The Maroons took their first lead of the day, 26-25, on a jumper from senior Matt Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./ Pioneer) with 4:44 left in the period.
- The lead changed hands three times during the final 4:25 of the first half, which ended with Case on top 34-33.
- Chicago took the lead for good on a pair of free throws from sophomore Sam Gage (Waterloo, Wis./ Waterloo) with 13:57 to play in the contest.
- A Gage 3-point basket gave the Maroons their first double-digit advantage, 70-60, at the 4:36 mark.
- Case (9-13, 1-10) got as close as six points, 72-66, when David Thompson sunk two foul shots with 2:41 to go, but the Maroons answered with an 11-3 run to seal the victory.
- Johnson led the Maroons with a game-high 23 points, while Gage poured in a career-high 18. Johnson was 10-of-11 from the free throw line.
- Freshman Alex Pyper (Scottsdale, Ariz./ Chaparral) (pictured) came off the bench to score 14 points. He was perfect on three 3-point attempts.
- Senior Steve Stefanou (Cincinnati, Ohio/ St. Xavier) finished with 12 points and three blocked shots.
- Four Spartans tallied double figures, led by Tom Summers' 21 points. Austin Fowler notched a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
- Thompson (12) and Jordan Dean (10) also scored double digits for Case.
- After shooting 37% from the field in the first half, the Maroons connected at a 54% clip in the second stanza.
- Chicago won its fourth straight game at the Ratner Center, matching its longest home winning streak since Nov. 21-28, 2009.
- Chicago defeated Case for the eighth time in nine meetings at the Ratner Center.
- Johnson, who entered the game as the UAA scoring leader (20.4), turned in his eighth 20-point effort of the season.
- The Maroons improved to 12-1 when scoring at least 80 points.
- Chicago makes its final road trip of the season next week with games at New York University (Feb. 17) and Brandeis University (Feb. 19).