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Shooting struggles hurt Maroons men's basketball in 75-56 loss at Brandeis

BOSTON, Mass. -- Cold shooting in the first half by the University of Chicago men's basketball team resulted in a 75-56 loss at Brandeis University on Friday.

The Maroons fell to 10-13 overall with a 4-8 mark in UAA conference action. The Judges ran their record to 17-6 overall, 8-4 in the UAA.

Brandeis came out firing, sinking its first five shots to take a 13-5 lead. UChicago point guard Royce Muskeyvalley was the scoring source early with his team's first seven points. Alex Stoyle countered with 12 points in the first seven minutes of the game for the Judges.

The hosts went on several extended runs in the first half, including a 15-4 streak that put them up 36-15. The Maroons struggled to find their offensive rhythm and made only five of their first 27 shots.

The scoreboard read 44-19 in favor of Brandeis at halftime. The Judges hit 6 of 10 from three-point range and 53 percent overall from the field. The home side also gobbled up rebounds by a 28-14 margin. Stoyle was the big scorer with 19 points in 15 minutes of playing time.

UChicago picked up its offensive efficiency in the second half and shot 51.7 percent for the final 20 minutes. However, the Brandeis lead did not dip below 17 points and the Judges improved to 10-1 in home games this year.

The Maroons were topped on the boards 43-32 in the final tally. Brandeis was hot from three-point range all night, making 10 of 19 from distance. Stoyle netted 4 of 5 from beyond the arc on the way to a career-high 28 points.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage - 35.5 percent (22-62)
Three-point percentage - 23.5 percent (4-17)
Free-throw percentage - 61.5 percent (8-13)
Royce Muskeyvalley
- 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists
Alex Pyper - 8 points, 3 rebounds
Jordan Smith - 8 points

Brandeis Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage - 45.6 percent (26-57)
Three-point percentage - 52.6 percent (10-19)
Free-throw percentage - 81.3 percent (13-16)
Alex Stoyle - 28 points (10-12 FG), 5 rebounds
Jay Freeman - 15 points (5-5 3 FG), 3 steals
Gabriel Moton - 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists

NEXT GAME: Sunday, Feb. 17 - UChicago at New York University, Noon (ET).