CHICAGO, Ill. -- The University of Chicago men's basketball team swished a season-high 12 shots from three-point range to beat New York University 77-58 on Sunday.
The Maroons (8-8 overall, 2-3 UAA) snapped their three-game losing streak. The Violets (12-4 overall) dropped to 2-3 in conference play.
Jumpers were falling at an impressively-high rate over the first 10 minutes. The two teams combined to shoot 66.7 percent in that time, and at one point, they exchanged nine-straight makes. NYU exploited its size advantage inside and relied on a multitude of back cuts that led to layups for the post players. Simultaneously, UChicago's guards regularly traversed into the middle of the defense and kicked out to open shooters beyond the arc.
The Maroons expanded a four-point lead (26-22) to 14 points by halftime (41-27). Five different players scored during that run and the three-pointers kept falling throughout. Forward Charlie Hughes hit a trio of treys in the first half and the Maroons lit it up from deep, making 7 of 11 in the half (63.6 percent). Royce Muskeyvalley also added nine points on 4-for-4 shooting from his point guard position.
Despite giving up several inches across the lineup, UChicago was the more active team on the boards. The home side outhustled NYU 16-9 in rebounding. The Maroons shot 56.7 percent from the field while the Violets made 50 percent of their attempts in the opening stanza.
NYU picked up its on-the-ball defensive pressure in the second half and kept feeding the forwards down low. UChicago kept up the pace offensively, knocking down open jumpers time and again thanks to extra passes.
The closest the visitors could approach was down eight points (52-44) midway through the half. The Maroons then embarked on an 18-6 run that put the game away. Sam Gage and Alex Pyper made good use of high screens, banging home three-pointers and long jumpers from the top of the key.
Both sides played clean defense, as only 10 free throws were attempted all game, including none in the first half.
UChicago ended up making 12 of 23 from three-point distance (52.2 percent), and also posted an excellent assist:turnover ratio of 17:4. The Maroons cleaned up the offensive glass for 13 rebounds and held an overall rebounding edge of 37-21.
UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage - 48.4 percent (31-64)
Three-point percentage - 52.2 percent (12-23)
Free-throw percentage - 75.0 percent (3-4)
Sam Gage - 18 points (4-5 three-pointers), 4 rebounds
Royce Muskeyvalley - 13 points, 6 assists
Alex Pyper - 11 points, 10 rebounds
Charlie Hughes - 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists
NYU Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage - 50.0 percent (24-48)
Three-point percentage - 42.9 percent (6-14)
Free-throw percentage - 66.7 percent (4-6)
Devin Karch - 15 points, 4 rebounds
Carl Yaffe - 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Evan Kupferberg - 8 points, 3 assists
NEXT GAME: Friday, Jan. 25 - UChicago at Case Western Reserve University, 8 PM (ET).