OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Nate Brooks scored a layup with eight seconds left in the game to give the University of Chicago men's basketball team a 73-71 victory over Stevenson University on Sunday.
The Maroons and the Mustangs are both 3-1 on the year after wrapping up weekend action at the Hoopsville National Invitational Classic, which was hosted by Stevenson.
A pair of sophomore forwards led UChicago's scoring effort in the first half of play. Waller Perez scored nine points in the starting lineup and Blaine Crawford tallied eight points in seven minutes off the bench. Crawford scored six-straight points in the paint and blocked a shot to turn a 12-11 deficit into a 17-14 lead midway through the period.
The Maroons led by as many as nine points in the first half, going up 38-29 following a three-pointer and layup by junior forward Alex Voss. The Mustangs got within 38-34 at the half thanks to a trey with one second left on the clock. The two teams combined to shoot 50.9 percent from the field.
In the second half, the visitors maintained a lead between three and five points for much of the proceedings. Stevenson drew ahead at 61-59 before back-to-back threes by sophomore guard Tyler Howard and junior guard Jordan Smith put the Maroons back in the lead 67-63. The Mustangs eventually tied the game on a layup with 13 seconds left. Junior forward Nate Brooks scored the game-winning bucket in the paint five seconds later and Stevenson missed a three-pointer on its final possession.
UChicago was outrebounded for the first time this year, 34-32. Turnovers were nearly even at 15 for the Maroons and 14 for the Mustangs. Howard accounted for five of the team's nine steals.
UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 49.0 percent (25-51)
Three-point Percentage – 30.4 percent (7-23)
Free-throw Percentage – 51.6 percent (16-31)
Waller Perez (Forward, So.) – 17 points
Tyler Howard (Guard, So.) – 13 points, 6 assists, 5 steals
Alex Voss (Forward, Jr.) – 10 points, 8 rebounds
Blaine Crawford (Forward, So.) – 10 points, 4 rebounds
Stevenson Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 45.1 percent (23-51)
Three-point Percentage – 36.4 percent (4-11)
Free-throw Percentage – 77.8 percent (21-27)
Erik Fisher – 19 points, 7 rebounds
Sean Farr – 13 points, 6 rebounds
Darius Walker – 10 points, 9 rebounds
- Saturday, November 29 – Beloit College at UChicago, 3 PM