UChicago men's basketball breaks streak with 64-51 win over NYU

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The University of Chicago men's basketball team played solid defense and broke its three-game losing streak with a 64-51 victory at New York University on Sunday.

The Maroons improved their record to 11-13 overall and 5-8 in the UAA. The Violets fell to 14-10 overall, 4-9 in conference play.

NYU scored a trio of layups to take a 16-11 lead halfway through the first half. UChicago responded with a 15-5 run over the next five minutes by getting to the free throw line. The Maroons made 8 of 8 free throws during that stretch to go up 26-21. The visitors took a 37-28 lead at the break.

Freshman John Steinberg was a spark off the bench with nine points on 3-for-4 shooting from three-point range. Forward Sam Gage also tallied eight points and five rebounds in the opening half.

The Violets cut the deficit to one point (43-42) at the 12:15 mark of the second half. But the Maroons kept composure and went on a 9-0 to re-establish control of the game. NYU did not get within seven points the rest of the way.

UChicago's defense swiped nine steals and held the hosts to 18 field goals as no NYU players broke into double digits. The Maroons held sway on the offensive boards (11-5) and in total rebounds (34-27). UChicago hit seven three-pointers and improved to 8-2 on the season when the team makes at least seven treys.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage - 42.3 percent (22-52)
Three-point percentage - 38.9 percent (7-18)
Free-throw percentage - 76.5 percent (13-17)
Charlie Hughes
- 12 points, 3 steals
John Steinberg - 12 points (4-6 3-PT FG)
Alex Pyper - 10 points
Sam Gage - 8 points, 6 rebounds

New York Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage - 40.0 percent (18-45)
Three-point percentage - 29.4 percent (5-17)
Free-throw percentage - 62.5 percent (10-16)
Carl Yaffe - 7 points, 7 rebounds
Ryan Tana - 7 points, 5 rebounds

NEXT GAME: Saturday, Feb. 23 - UChicago at Washington University-St. Louis, 3 PM.