NEW YORK – The University of Chicago men's basketball team kept things close with three-point shooting, but New York University's tenacious defense coupled with 42 second-half points to down the Maroons 72-59 on Friday night.
The loss dropped the Maroons (16-7, 7-5 UAA) to a one game below the third-place Violets (19-4, 8-4 UAA) in the University Athletic Association standings. Emory University and University of Rochester share first place with identical 10-2 records in conference.
Sophomore forward Collin Barthel connected on three long balls and posted 14 total points for the visitors to go with seven rebounds and three blocks. Senior guard Jordan Smith (10), senior forward Nate Brooks (8) and sophomore guard Jake Fenlon (8) also contributed to UChicago's effort. Smith became the 10th leading scorer in school history with 1,131 career points.
NYU senior forward Patrick Burns impacted the game in a multiple ways for the Violets – scoring (19), rebounding (12) and protecting the rim with four blocks.
The story early on was three-point shooting for the Maroons. Three of their first four field goals were from long range and in the half, they connected on as many two-point field goals (five) as threes. With 12:12 remaining, junior forward Blaine Crawford's free throw tied the game at 14. Fenlon canned a three and then Smith displayed his athleticism by getting to the rim first for a layup and then a slam dunk, putting the visitors up seven and forcing a Violet timeout.
NYU responded by scoring 10-straight points to recapture the advantage 24-21. Brooks hit a jumper for the Maroons to break up the run. However, the home team rattled off six more unanswered points to go up 30-23 with 1:30 left in the half. With a minute remaining, Smith found room and hit a three to bring the Maroons within four at halftime.
Burns led all first-half scorers with 10 points, two steals and a block. Eight Maroons got on the board with Smith's seven points leading the way.
The Violets started the second half by going up six. Junior guard Tyler Howard's free throw and five Barthel points pulled UChicago within two at the 17:20 mark. Smith finished through contact for an old fashioned three-point play and then Brooks finished strong on a layup to draw closer at 40-37.
The Maroons remained within striking distance as both Fenlon and senior forward Alex Voss hit jump shots. But two NYU threes stretched the lead to seven with 9:30 on the clock. While UChicago got within seven once more down the stretch, the Violets moved their advantage to double digits en route to the 13-point win.
UChicago sunk nine three-pointers but only made 31.8 percent (21-66) from the field compared to 52.6 percent (30-57) by NYU. The Maroons took the rebounding battle (42-39) and second-chance points (22-16), while the Violets owned assists (14-10), points in the paint (48-20) and fast-break points (10-0).
UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 31.8 percent (21-66)
Three-point Percentage – 30.0 percent (9-30)
Free-throw Percentage – 47.1 percent (8-17)
Collin Barthel (Forward, So.) – 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks
Jordan Smith (Guard, Sr.) – 10 points
Nate Brooks (Forward, Sr.) – 8 points, 8 rebounds
NYU Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 52.6 percent (30-57)
Three-point Percentage – 40.0 percent (4-10)
Free-throw Percentage – 57.1 percent (8-14)
Patrick Burns – 19 points, 12 rebounds, 4 blocks
Evan Kupferberg – 12 points, 9 rebounds
Ross Udine – 10 points, 8 assists
- Sunday, February 21 – UChicago at Brandeis University, 11 AM (ET)