Chicago Defeats Carnegie Mellon in O.T.

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.

Game Summary

  • 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.

Statistical Highlights

  • 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%).

Notes

  • 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.

Up Next

  • The Maroons entertain Case Western Reserve University Sunday at noon.