Muskeyvalley’s game-winning jumper leads UChicago men’s basketball past Carnegie Mellon 65-64

Royce Muskeyvalley and Derrick Davis
Royce Muskeyvalley and Derrick Davis

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Junior guard Royce Muskeyvalley hit the game-winning jumper with 1.4 seconds left in regulation to give the University of Chicago men's basketball team a 65-64 victory over Carnegie Mellon University on Friday.

The Maroons (10-5 overall, 3-1 UAA) won their third-straight game while the Tartans dropped to 9-6 overall and 2-2 in conference action. It was the second game-winner of the season for Muskeyvalley, who also made a long jumper in the final seconds to defeat Whitman College 81-79 on Nov. 22.

UChicago scored three-straight layups that came directly from offensive rebounds as part of an 11-0 run to go up 14-3. Senior guard Derrick Davis bracketed two layups around a dunk by sophomore forward Nate Brooks to give the visitors a sizable 23-7 lead. The Maroons were adroit at drawing fouls, taking 11 free throw attempts compared to one by CMU with the score at 29-16.

The hosts started to get back into the game with an 8-2 run before a Davis layup and two free throws by sophomore guard Jordan Smith made the score 35-26. CMU pulled within 37-31 at halftime and flexed some defensive muscle with five blocks in the half. UChicago shot 41.2 percent and were led by Davis and Smith with eight points apiece. The Tartans tallied a 37.9 field-goal percentage.

In the second half, UChicago went ahead by 10 points thanks to a layup and jumper by Smith and two free throws by Muskeyvalley. CMU's Christian Manoli and Rob Mohen kept the home team close by combining to score the team's opening 15 points of the half and make the score 49-46.

After four-straight points by senior guard Wayne Simon, UChicago went cold on offense. The Maroons did not score for the next 4:23 of game time, which allowed the Tartans to take the lead 54-53. Three-straight layups gave the hosts a five-point lead before Brooks threw down another dunk at 60-57.

Trailing by four points, the Maroons got a boost from Muskeyvalley. The junior sunk a three-pointer with 57 seconds left and UChicago earned a stop on the defensive end to get the ball back with a chance to win. Muskeyvalley came through again with a pull-up jumper from the right side with 1.4 seconds remaining in the game. On the ensuing in-bounds play, CMU heaved the ball all the way to the top of the key, but the final desperation shot hit the back iron as time expired.

The Tartans finished with seven blocks and 40-37 edge in the rebounding category. However, CMU turned the ball over 17 times while UChicago turned it over 12 times. Davis paced UChicago with a season-high 15 points.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage – 41.7 percent (25-60)
Three-point percentage – 20.0 percent (2-10)
Free-throw percentage – 61.9 percent (13-21)
Derrick Davis (Guard, Sr.) – 15 points, 8 rebounds
Royce Muskeyvalley (Guard, Jr.) – 12 points
Jordan Smith (Guard, So.) – 12 points

Carnegie Mellon Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage – 39.7 percent (23-58)
Three-point percentage – 21.4 percent (3-14)
Free-throw percentage – 78.9 percent (15-19)
Christian Manoli – 23 points, 5 rebounds
Rashaun Riley – 12 points
Rob Mohen – 11 points, 4 rebounds


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