Shooting struggles hurt Maroons men’s basketball in 66-56 loss at Rochester

Wayne Simon and Nate Brooks
Wayne Simon and Nate Brooks

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team couldn't find its offensive rhythm and was held to under 30 percent shooting in a 66-56 loss at University of Rochester on Sunday.

The Maroons fell to 11-7 overall and 4-3 in conference action. The Yellowjackets improved to 8-10 overall, 2-5 in the UAA.

The opening seven minutes of the game were owned by the home team. Rochester took an 11-2 lead while UChicago struggled along with 1 of 9 shooting from the field with five turnovers. The Yellowjackets took their biggest lead of the half 22-10 with 6:35 left on the clock.

Layups by senior guard Wayne Simon and sophomore forward Nate Brooks, along with a three-pointer by junior guard Royce Muskeyvalley, got the Maroons closer at 24-17. The home team went into the halftime break with a 27-17 lead. Neither side was effective on offense, as Rochester shot 34.4 percent from the field while UChicago shot 23.1 percent, including 1 of 11 on three-pointers. The Maroons also turned the ball over eight times. Senior guard Derrick Davis and sophomore guard Jordan Smith pulled down five rebounds apiece.

UChicago started to close the gap in the first few minutes of the second half. Brooks scored a bucket in the paint and then threw down a dunk to make the score 27-21. A foul on a made layup led to a three-point play by Muskeyvalley to get even closer at 30-27. Simon added another three-point play after drawing a foul at 34-30.

The Yellowjackets hit several treys to keep their distance and answered each Maroons score to increase the lead to 11 points. Senior forward Sam Gage hit a three-pointer to get it back to single digits at 46-38. Back-to-back threes by sophomore forward Alex Voss cut it down further to 54-48. But that was as close as UChicago would get the rest of the way.

The Maroons owned the offensive glass with a 21-11 edge to go with a 43-40 overall lead in total rebounds. Rochester turned the ball over 13 times while UChicago had 10 turnovers.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage – 28.6 percent (18-63)
Three-point percentage – 20.0 percent (5-25)
Free-throw percentage – 60.0 percent (15-25)
Wayne Simon (Guard, Sr.) – 11 points, 9 rebounds
Jordan Smith (Guard, So.) – 10 points, 8 rebounds
Nate Brooks (Forward, So.) – 10 points, 6 rebounds

Rochester Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal percentage – 44.2 percent (23-52)
Three-point percentage – 26.7 percent (4-15)
Free-throw percentage – 66.7 percent (16-24)
Sam Borst-Smith – 21 points, 5 rebounds
Tyler Sankes – 20 points, 8 rebounds
Jared Seltzer – 11 points, 10 rebounds

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