CHICAGO, Ill. – In its final home game of the regular season, the University of Chicago men's basketball team sent off its seniors with a victory over New York University 77-60 on Sunday.
The Maroons improved to 16-8 overall and 8-5 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Violets dropped to 16-8 overall and 7-6 in conference.
Before the start of the game, UChicago recognized its two seniors on the court with their parents – forward Ian Joyce and guard Royce Muskeyvalley. In their four years on the team, the Maroons have a cumulative record of 56-43 (.566 winning percentage).
Both teams started slow on offense, with UChicago shooting 2-for-11 from the field to open the game. The Maroons began to get momentum after that point by making three-straight shots, including a pair of three-pointers by freshman guard Jake Fenlon on the left wing. Junior guard Jordan Smith made a shot, was fouled and completed the three-point play to put the home side ahead 19-9.
After a layup from junior forward Nate Brooks, the Maroons sank a trio of threes on to go up 30-16. Junior forward Alex Voss provided two of the treys as UChicago made six from beyond the arc during the first half.
NYU started to get its offensive flow back by driving the lane. The Maroons kept pace though and went into halftime with a 40-27 lead. UChicago shot 43.8 percent from the field compared to 35.7 percent by the Violets. Brooks, Smith and freshman forward Collin Barthel all had seven points in the half. Brooks was particularly effective on the glass with eight rebounds.
In the second half, the visitors made a special effort to get the ball to junior forward Evan Kupferberg in the paint. Kupferberg delivered with 14 points in the half, including eight-straight points during one stretch. NYU got within eight points at 45-37, and Voss responded with back-to-back layups.
From that point, UChicago led by at least double digits for the rest of the contest. Sophomore forward Waller Perez tallied an and-one opportunity at 60-45 and Barthel made an improbable layup while falling down at 68-52.
The Violets attempted to draw fouls on offense to get to the free throw line. However, the Maroons stayed in control and came away with the 17-point win.
UChicago led the rebounding category 38-31, including 14-7 on the offensive boards. Brooks notched his sixth double-digit rebounding performance of the season with 10 rebounds. NYU was on the wrong side of the turnover ledger 13-7, and the Maroons took advantage with 17 points off turnovers.
UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 42.9 percent (27-63)
Three-point Percentage – 30.8 percent (8-26)
Free-throw Percentage – 71.4 percent (15-21)
Jordan Smith (Guard, Jr.) – 17 points, 4 rebounds
Alex Voss (Forward, Jr.) – 18 points, 3 rebounds
Nate Brooks (Forward, Jr.) – 9 points, 10 rebounds
Collin Barthel (Forward, Fr.) – 9 points, 9 rebounds
NYU Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 42.0 percent (21-50)
Three-point Percentage – 22.2 percent (4-18)
Free-throw Percentage – 66.7 percent (14-21)
Evan Kupferberg – 21 points, 10 rebounds
Hakeem Harris – 19 points
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