CHICAGO -- The University of Chicago men's basketball team overcame a 13-point second half deficit en route to a 77-75 overtime victory against University Athletic Association rival Carnegie Mellon University Friday night at the Ratner Athletics Center.
- The teams played to an 11-11 tie five minutes into the contest, before a 20-9 Tartans' run put Carnegie Mellon (7-14 overall, 2-9 UAA) on top 31-20 with 5:31 remaining in the period. Carnegie Mellon led 36-27 at the break.
- A pair of John Duhring free throws with 12:27 left in the second half gave the Tartans their largest lead of the night, 48-35.
- Chicago (12-9, 5-5) then scored the game's next 13 points to even the score at 48-48 with 6:48 to play in regulation.
- Senior Matt Johnson's (Ann Arbor, Mich./ Pioneer) 3-point basket at the 4:35 mark gave the Maroons their first lead since the game's opening minutes, 55-54.
- Chicago went up 62-60 with 1:18 to go on a pair of free throws from sophomore Derrick Davis (Saginaw, Mich./ Bridgeport), but the Tartans answered with two Duhring foul shots seven seconds later. Neither team scored during the final 1:11, sending the game into overtime.
- The teams traded baskets during the first two minutes of the extra period. Chicago took the lead for good on a Johnson 3-pointer with :59 left, then increased its lead to five points, 74-69, on a thundering dunk by Davis with :34 to play.
- Carnegie Mellon had a chance to win the game on its final possession, but a 3-point shot missed as time expired.
- Johnson led the Maroons with 21 points, including an 8-for-9 effort from the foul line.
- Davis and senior Steve Stefanou (Cincinnati, Ohio/ St. Xavier) each tallied 12 points, while senior Tom Williams (Cincinnati, Ohio/ St. Xavier) (pictured) added 10.
- Duhring led all scorers with 24 points. Teammate Asad Meghani finished with 21, 15 of which came on his five 3-point shots.
- Chicago was 5-for-6 from the field in overtime (83.3%), while the Tartans made only five of 11 (45.5%).
- Chicago improved to 1-1 in overtime this season. Friday's game marked the sixth overtime contest between the Maroons and Tartans in 49 meetings.
- The Maroons notched their sixth straight win over Carnegie Mellon.
- Davis made his first career start.
- The 13-point deficit was the largest overcome by the Maroons en route to a victory this season.
- Chicago won for the first time in nine games this season when scoring fewer than 80 points.
- The Maroons entertain Case Western Reserve University Sunday at noon.