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Maroons Rally Falls Short at Rochester

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Nate Novosel and John DiBartolomeo combined for 37 points as the host University of Rochester defeated the University of Chicago 59-57 in University Athletic Association men's basketball action Sunday afternoon.

Game Summary

  • Neither team led by more than nine points during the game's first 17 minutes.

  • Leading 28-25 with just under three minutes to play in the first half, Rochester (13-7 overall, 4-5 UAA) closed out the period with a 10-0 run to take a 38-25 advantage at the break. Chicago managed only one field goal attempt during the final 2:31 of the half.

  • Rochester scored the first basket of the second stanza to take its largest lead of the day, 40-25. 

  • Senior Michael Sustarsic (Liberty, Ind./ Union County) (pictured) then sunk three 3-point field goals during a 2:22 stretch to cut the deficit to 43-36 with 15:47 remaining in the contest.

  • Rochester increased its lead to eight points, 55-47, on a Rob Reid layup at the 6:23 mark, but Chicago (11-9, 4-5) then used a 7-0 run to close to within a point, 55-54, with 4:35 left.

  • The Yellowjackets regained a five-point edge, 59-54, on baskets from Chris Dende with 4:13 to go and from DiBartolomeo at the 1:39 mark.

  • Sustarsic's fourth 3-pointer of the day with :18 left drew the Maroons back to within a basket, 59-57.

  • Rochester failed to convert the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity twice in the game's final 14 seconds, but the Maroons missed a 3-point shot with :03 remaining and a shot from halfcourt as time expired.

Statistical Highlights

  • Novosel led all scorers with 21 points, while DiBartolomeo finished with 16.

  • Sustarsic paced Chicago with 12 points. Senior Steve Stefanou (Cincinnati, Ohio/ St. Xavier) and sophomore Derrick Davis (Saginaw, Mich./ Bridgeport) each added 10.

  • Chicago shot 37.7% from the field, its lowest percentage in UAA play this season.


  • The Yellowjackets notched their fourth straight win over the Maroons in Rochester.

  • Chicago and Rochester ended the day tied for fifth place in the UAA, three games behind co-leaders New York University and Washington University.

Up Next

  • The Maroons return home to host Carnegie Mellon University Friday at 8 p.m.