Maroons Edge Loras 80-75

CHICAGO -- Seniors Michael Sustarsic (Liberty, Ind./ Union County) and Matt Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./ Pioneer) combined to hit seven of the Maroons' 12 three-point baskets as the University of Chicago men's basketball team defeated Loras College 80-75 Saturday at the Ratner Athletics Center.

Game Summary

  • Chicago (3-1) led 44-41 at halftime before Loras took its largest lead of the game, 59-53, with 11:34 to play.

  • The Duhawks (1-3) held a 68-65 advantage at the 5:27 mark, but Chicago evened the score at 68-68 on a pair of free throws from senior Chase Davis (Mobile, Ala./ Murphy) with 4:02 to go.

  • Johnson gave the Maroons the lead for good with a three-pointer at the 3:25 mark and added another trey with 1:21 left to put Chicago on top 76-70.

Statistical Highlights

  • Sustarsic (pictured) hit four of five 3-point attempts en route to a season-high 13-point performance. He also handed out a game-high four assists without committing a turnover.

  • Johnson paced the Maroons with 16 points, while sophomore Sam Gage (Waterloo, Wis./ Waterloo) added a season-high 14 points and five rebounds off the bench.

  • Loras' Jordan Harrelson led all scorers with 22 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the field. Dan Pawelski (14) and Connor Mooney (10) also netted double digits for the Duhawks.

  • Chicago connected on 12 of 27 three-point attempts (44.4%) on the afternoon.

  • Loras outshot the Maroons 54% to 43% from the field.

  • Chicago's bench accounted for 34 of its 80 points.

Notes

  • Chicago evened the all-time series at 2-2.

  • Johnson scored in double figures for the fourth time in as many games.

  • Chicago improved to 3-1 at the Ratner Center.

  • The Maroons tallied 80 or more points for the third time in four games.

Up Next

  • Chicago wraps up its season-opening five-game homestand Sunday against Coe College. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.