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Maroons Hold Off Coe 82-76

CHICAGO -- Four Maroons scored in double figures as the University of Chicago men's basketball team improved to 4-1 with an 82-76 win over Coe College Sunday afternoon at the Ratner Athletics Center.

Game Summary

  • Chicago led for the final 17:16 of the first half en route to taking a 39-38 edge at the intermission. The Maroons were up by as many as 10 points (25-15, 8:20) in the first period.

  • Coe (2-2) took a 56-55 lead with 9:56 left in the game. The Maroons regained the advantage on their next possession, but Coe drew back to even, 67-67, at the 5:17 mark.

  • Senior Chase Davis (Mobile, Ala./ Murphy) then scored six points during the next 3:40 as the Maroons used a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Statistical Highlights

  • Senior Michael Sustarsic (Liberty, Ind./ Union County) led the Maroons with 15 points. Freshman Alex Pyper (Scottsdale, Ariz./ Chaparral) finished with 14 points, while senior Steve Stefanou (Cincinnati, Ohio/ St. Xavier) and sophomore Sam Gage (Waterloo, Wis./ Waterloo) each tallied 13.

  • Making his first start of the year, Gage (pictured) was perfect on six field goal attempts.

  • Coe's David Mataloni led all scorers with 25 points. He was 4-of-9 from 3-point range. Andrew Wirth (14) and Seth Light (12) also netted double digits.

  • Chicago shot 50.0% from the field to Coe's 49.2%. Coe connected on 44.0% of its 3-point tries (11-of-25), while the Maroons were 9-of-23 (39.1%).

  • Stefanou and Sustarsic were 3-of-3 and 3-of-5, respectively, from behind the arc.

  • Junior Matt MacKenzie (Okemos, Mich./ Okemos) and Wirth shared game-high rebounding honors with seven each.

  • Sustarsic collected five assists without committing a turnover. Chicago turned the ball over on only five occasions.


  • Head Coach Mike McGrath tied Nelson Norgren (1921-42, 44-57) for second place on Chicago's all-time men's basketball coaching victories list with his 185th career win.

  • The Maroons defeated Coe for the first time in four tries during McGrath's 13-year tenure.

  • Senior Matt Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./ Pioneer) scored his 700th career point. He was held to single digits (7) for the first time this season.

Up Next

  • The Maroons play their first road game of the season Wednesday night at 25th-ranked Wheaton (Ill.) College. Chicago returns home Saturday to take on Kalamazoo College.