ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team rallied back from an 18-point deficit in the first half, but could not complete the comeback in an 80-69 loss at No. 7-ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Saturday.
The Maroons dropped their record to 7-5 overall, 0-1 in conference play. The Bears improved to 10-2 and 1-0 in the UAA.
Washington-St. Louis staked itself to a large lead from the onset, scoring 21 of the first 24 points. Forward Matt Palucki tallied 10 points in that time as the Bears converted 8 of 9 shots to open the game.
UChicago senior forward Charlie Hughes helped get the Maroons back in the game with 16 points in the first half, including a pair of three-pointers. The visitors were trailing 35-21 when they embarked on a 10-2 run, highlighted by back-to-back threes by senior forward Sam Gage and sophomore forward Alex Voss. UChicago headed into halftime only down 41-36 after a three by Voss with two seconds left.
Success from beyond the arc was key. The Maroons hit 6 of 12 from long distance while shooting 46.7 percent from the field overall. Hughes cancelled out Palucki's 16 points and Voss added 10 points of his own. Washington-St. Louis led rebounds (19-16) and turnovers (10-5) while posting a 52.9 field-goal percentage.
The two teams exchanged baskets for most of the second half. A layup and free throw by sophomore forward Nate Brooks made the score 45-41. Two layups by senior guard Derrick Davis and another bucket in the paint by senior guard Wayne Simon brought UChicago within three points at 64-61.
However, Washington-St. Louis slowly pulled away over the final five minutes by making 10 of 11 free throws the rest of the way. The Maroons struggled to convert their threes in the second half, going 2 for 12. The Bears led in rebounds 39-30 and turnovers 13-9.
UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage – 42.1 percent (24-57)
Three-point percentage – 33.3 percent (8-24)
Free-throw percentage – 72.2 percent (13-18)
Charlie Hughes (Forward, Sr.) – 18 points, 4 rebounds
Alex Voss (Forward, So.) – 17 points
Washington-St. Louis Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage – 51.7 percent (30-58)
Three-point percentage – 31.3 percent (5-16)
Free-throw percentage – 65.2 percent (15-23)
Matt Palucki – 26 points, 6 rebounds
Alan Aboona – 18 points, 7 assists
Tim Cooney – 11 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds
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