Big first half propels Maroons men's basketball past Albion 66-49

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The University of Chicago men's basketball team utilized hot shooting and its post advantage in the first half to beat Albion College 66-49 in the Bill Sudeck Holiday Classic on Friday.

The Maroons improved to 6-4 overall. The Britons fell to 4-6.

After taking an early 9-7 lead, UChicago found its rhythm and embarked on a 25-6 run that put the team up 34-13. The Maroons controlled the paint throughout the first half, holding a 21-12 edge on the boards and a 16-2 advantage in points in the paint. Point guard Royce Muskeyvalley effectively facilitated the offense with five assists in the opening 20 minutes.

UChicago led 37-21 at halftime. Charlie Hughes tallied nine points and Alex Pyper scored eight points to pace the Maroons, who shot 50 percent from the field (16-32). Sam Gage collected six rebounds to go with his six points. Albion, meanwhile, was held to 27 percent shooting from the field (6-22) while turning the ball over 10 times.

In the second half, UChicago led by double digits the whole way, including a high of 19 points. The rebounding advantage ended firmly in favor of the Maroons (40-28). UChicago also had 18 assists compared to nine by Albion.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage - 45.8 percent (27-59)
Three-point percentage - 23.8 percent (5-21)
Free-throw percentage - 63.6 percent (7-11)
Alex Pyper
- 17 points, 4 three-pointers
Charlie Hughes - 14 points, 8 rebounds
Royce Muskeyvalley - 6 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds
Sam Gage - 6 points, 10 rebounds

Albion Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage - 29.8 percent (14-47)
Three-point percentage - 40.0 percent (6-15)
Free-throw percentage - 88.2 percent (15-17)
Anthony Wash - 11 points, 3 rebounds
Justin Beal - 9 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists

NEXT GAME: Saturday, Dec. 29 - UChicago versus Alma College (in Cleveland, Ohio), 4 PM (ET).