Scoring drought hinders UChicago men's basketball in 73-48 loss at Carnegie Mellon

Waller Perez
Waller Perez

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A long scoring drought at the end of the first half stalled the University of Chicago men's basketball team, ultimately leading to 73-48 loss at Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday.

The Maroons dropped to 14-6 overall and 6-3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Tartans ran their record to 12-8 and 3-6 in conference.

UChicago started promisingly by making its first three shots of the game. Back-to-back layups by sophomore forwards Blaine Crawford and Waller Perez made the score 16-13, and junior forward Alex Voss made a jumper at 18-17. From that point on, the Tartans took over and shut down the Maroon offense.

The visitors were held scoreless for six-and-a-half minutes, allowing Carnegie Mellon to go on a 14-0 run. Junior guard John Steinberg snapped the cold streak with a three-pointer with 2:33 left in the half. But the hosts headed into halftime with momentum and a 36-21 lead. The Maroons shot 27.3 percent from the field compared to 53.6 percent by the Tartans. Carnegie Mellon also blocked 10 shots in the half and 11 overall in the game.

Three-pointers on consecutive possession by Voss and junior guard Jordan Smith cut the deficit to 49-37. But UChicago could not get within double digits, and Carnegie Mellon utilized a 17-4 run to put the result out of reach.

Free throws were at a premium all day. The two teams only committed 16 fouls and attempted 14 free throws combined. UChicago was outrebounded 37-31, which is only the fourth time that has happened this season. Carnegie Mellon held a 34-16 edge for points in the paint. The Maroons also shot a season-low 31.1 percent on field goals.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 31.1 percent (19-61)
Three-point Percentage – 26.9 percent (7-26)
Free-throw Percentage – 50.0 percent (3-6)
Jordan Smith (Guard, Jr.) – 15 points
Alex Voss (Forward, Jr.) – 10 points, 7 rebounds
Waller Perez (Forward, So.) – 9 points, 4 rebounds

Carnegie Mellon Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 53.7 percent (29-54)
Three-point Percentage – 56.2 percent (9-16)
Free-throw Percentage – 75.0 percent (6-8)
Seth Cordts – 28 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists
Jack Serbin – 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks
Chris Shkil – 13 points, 5 blocks, 4 rebounds

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  • Friday, February 13 – UChicago at University of Rochester, 8 PM (ET)