Maroon men's basketball loses at Washington-St. Louis in season finale, 84-67

Alex Voss and Jake Fenlon
Alex Voss and Jake Fenlon

CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team closed out its regular season with an 84-67 loss at No. 17-ranked Washington University-St. Louis on Saturday.

The Maroons dropped to 16-9 overall and 8-6 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Bears improved to 20-5 overall and 9-5 in conference.

UChicago is now hoping for an at-large bid to the postseason, which will be announced during the NCAA Division III selection show on Monday, March 2 at 12:30 PM (ET). The video link can be found here:

WashU drew ahead 8-3 during the opening minutes. Three-pointers got the Maroons back on top as four of the team's first five field goals of the game came from beyond the arc. UChicago led 14-10 and several minutes later the score was tied at 19-19. The visitors then made three-straight shots to go ahead 26-25 on a layup by junior forward Alex Voss, a dunk by junior forward Nate Brooks and a three-pointer by junior guard Jordan Smith.

However, the Bears closed with a flourish, going on an 18-4 run over a six-and-a-half minute span. WashU shot 55.9 percent on field goals in the first half and led 43-30 at the break. UChicago was held to 34.3 percent shooting, as Smith and Voss scored seven points apiece.

In the second half, the home team made four of its first five shots to go ahead 53-37. Six-straight makes by WashU pushed the lead even further at 68-43. The lead stayed in double digits the rest of the way.

UChicago was narrowly outrebounded 41-40, but held an 18-10 advantage on the offensive boards. Those offensive rebounds produced a 23-10 lead in second-chance points. The Bears were most effective working in the post and led the points in the paint category 44-20.

Freshman guard Jake Fenlon came off the bench for the Maroons to score 12 points in only nine minutes. He made four three-pointers and tallied double digits in points for the second time this season.

UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 33.3 percent (23-69)
Three-point Percentage – 37.5 percent (12-32)
Free-throw Percentage – 52.9 percent (9-17)
Alex Voss (Forward, Jr.) – 13 points, 9 rebounds
Collin Barthel (Forward, Fr.) – 12 points, 3 rebounds
Jake Fenlon (Guard, Fr.) – 12 points

Washington-St. Louis Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 54.5 percent (36-66)
Three-point Percentage – 40.0 percent (6-15)
Free-throw Percentage – 75.0 percent (6-8)
Matt Palucki – 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists
Nick Burt – 14 points, 13 rebounds
David Fatocki – 11 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds