UChicago men's basketball loses to Wheaton 64-52

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The University of Chicago men's basketball team wrapped up its five-game homestand with a 64-52 loss to Wheaton College on Wednesday.

The Maroons fell to 3-2 while the Thunder remained undefeated at 4-0.

The first half was a defensive battle with both sides playing aggressive man-to-man defense on the perimeter and working hard to prevent good looks at the hoop. UChicago kept the score close thanks to five blocked shots in the half while also getting eight points from junior forward Sam Gage. However, Wheaton's Michael Kvam snuck open around the arc on several occasions and hit a trio of threes to help put the Thunder up 28-23 at halftime.

An 8-0 run by the Maroons tied the score early in the second half. UChicago tried to exploit its athleticism on drives into the paint and feeding the post for point-blank layups. The tactic was effective and the score stood knotted at 39-39 with 12:26 left in the game.

From that point on, Wheaton pounded the ball inside as well and went on a 17-5 run over the next seven minutes. Point guard Tyler Peters was the main playmaker, contributing eight points in that time.

The Maroons shot 39 percent from the field in the game (21 of 54) and 71 percent from the charity stripe (10 of 14). UChicago did not make a three-pointer in the game for the first time in over 10 years, going 0-for-5. Rebounding totals were tied at 33 each, with the Maroons snagging 14 offensive boards.

After shooting 37.9 percent in the first half (11 of 29), the Thunder came back to shoot 60 percent in the second half (12 of 20). Wheaton hit 5 of 15 from three-point range (33.3 percent) and 13 of 18 from the free throw line (72.2 percent).

UChicago Stat Leaders
Sam Gage - 11 points, 5 rebounds
Jordan Smith - 10 points, 3 rebounds
Nate Brooks - 9 points, 5 rebounds

Wheaton Stat Leaders
Tyler Peters - 24 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals
Michael Kvam - 15 points, 4 three-pointers
Nathan Haynes - 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks

NEXT GAME: Saturday, Dec. 1 - UChicago at Kalamazoo College, 3 PM (ET).