CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team caught fire from long range and made a season-high 14 three-pointers to defeat Carnegie Mellon University 86-65 on Sunday.
The Maroons improved to 14-5 overall and 6-2 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Tartans fell to 10-8 overall, 1-6 in the UAA.
The home side was feeling it all afternoon, making 56.9 percent of its field goals and a season-best 48.3 percent from three-point range. Three different Maroons made at least three treys. UChicago got off to a flying start thanks to a barrage from long distance. Six of the team's first nine field goals came from beyond the arc. Junior forward Alex Voss led the way with three treys and 11 points in the first half.
The Maroons staked themselves to a 26-17 lead and a step-back jumper from Voss made the score 32-21. Carnegie Mellon tried to counter by running defenders through a series of screens at the top of the key. But the Tartans could not keep pace with UChicago's shooting, which burned the zone defense for nine three-pointers on 17 attempts in the first half.
Freshman guard Jake Fenlon swished three treys in-a-row on consecutive possessions to make the score 41-23. A steal and layup and by sophomore guard Tyler Howard helped cap the half and UChicago led at halftime 45-26. Carnegie Mellon was held to 34.5 percent shooting while the Maroons shot 54.8 percent on field goals.
Back-to-back threes by Voss and Howard got UChicago off to a good start in the second half. However, the Tartans stiffened their defense and created several turnovers that turned into points. The visitors aggressively drove the lane, scored on putbacks and drew fouls.
The Maroons continued to execute offensively and led by at least 15 points for the remainder of the game. Voss made his sixth and final three-pointer at 76-56. Sophomore forward Waller Perez converted a layup and jumper, followed by a Howard jump shot at 82-61.
Carnegie Mellon narrowly outrebounded UChicago 35-34 and led second-chance points 14-7. In turn, the Maroons held a 24-9 assist advantage and scored 17 points off 10 Tartan turnovers. Howard tied his career-high with 10 assists.
Voss ended up shooting 6-for-9 from three-point range for a season-high 20 points. Fenlon and freshman forward Collin Barthel each went 3-for-6 on three-pointers.
UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 56.9 percent (33-58)
Three-point Percentage – 48.3 percent (14-29)
Free-throw Percentage – 66.7 percent (6-9)
Alex Voss (Forward, Jr.) – 20 points
Tyler Howard (Guard, So.) – 11 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds
Nate Brooks (Forward, Jr.) – 12 points, 6 rebounds
Waller Perez (Forward, So.) – 12 points
Carnegie Mellon Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 38.7 percent (24-62)
Three-point Percentage – 29.4 percent (5-17)
Free-throw Percentage – 70.6 percent (12-17)
Jack Serbin – 19 points, 10 rebounds
Chris Shkil – 14 points, 5 rebounds
- Friday, February 6 – UChicago at Case Western Reserve University, 8 PM (ET)