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Chicago Stuns #4 Emory on Johnson's Buzzer-Beater

CHICAGO -- Senior Matt Johnson (Ann Arbor, Mich./ Pioneer) hit a long 3-point shot as time expired to give the University of Chicago men's basketball team a thrilling 103-102 win over fourth-ranked Emory University in University Athletic Association men's basketball action Friday night at the Ratner Athletics Center.

Johnson finished the night with a UAA and school record 49 points. He hit 15 of 22 attempts from the field, including a school record-tying eight 3-pointers on 13 tries.

Game Summary

  • The game featured 22 lead changes and 10 ties.

  • Emory (15-2 overall, 4-2 UAA) led 46-45 at halftime.

  • Chicago (10-7, 3-3) built a 10-point lead with 6:50 left in the game, but Emory regained the advantage 97-96 on an Austin Claunch layup at the 1:17 mark.

  • Chicago trailed 101-97 with 27 seconds to go before Johnson hit three free throws with :07 left.

  • After Emory's Alex Greven connected on one of two foul shots with :06 to play, Johnson buried a 30-foot shot as the buzzer sounded.

Statistical Highlights

  • Johnson was one of three Maroons to net double figures. Sophomore Charlie Hughes (Perrysburg, Ohio/ Perrysburg) finished with 13 points, while senior Steve Stefanou (Cincinnati, Ohio/ St. Xavier) added 10.

  • Claunch (24 points), Jake Davis (21), and Greven (20) were among five Eagles to score double digits. Claunch also handed out nine assists.

  • Emory shot 63% from the field and 52% from 3-point range (12-of-23). Chicago connected at a 55% clip from the floor and was 14-of-31 (45%) from behind the arc.


  • Johnson's 49 points followed a 44-point outburst against Brandeis University in the Maroons' most recent game last Sunday.

  • Johnson's 49 points surpassed the previous UAA scoring mark of 47 points set by Washington University's Charlie Borsheim in 1993.

  • Chicago notched its first win over a nationally-ranked opponent in four tries this season.

Up Next

  • Chicago hosts the University of Rochester in UAA play Sunday at noon.