CHICAGO – A 19-0 run by the visitors proved too much to overcome as the University of Chicago men's basketball team fell to Washington University-St. Louis 67-54 in Saturday's regular season finale.
The Maroons wrapped up the schedule with a 17-8 overall mark and a fourth-place finish in the University Athletic Association (UAA) at 8-6. The Bears ended up at 15-10 overall and 7-7 in the UAA.
UChicago will learn its postseason fate during the online NCAA selection show on Monday, Feb. 29, starting at 11:30 AM (CT). Video of the 62-team field announcement will be available here: http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2016/02/29.
Saturday was Senior Day as the Maroons honored the players and parents of the six-member graduating class. The class is comprised of Nate Brooks, Scott Herlihy, Eric Robinson, Jordan Smith, John Steinberg and Alex Voss. The Maroons improved their win totals in each of the past four seasons with a cumulative record of 59-41 (.590 winning percentage).
Junior guard Tyler Howard led all game scorers with 18 for the Maroons while Smith posted 12. UChicago couldn't find the mark offensively, converting on 25.9 percent of its 27 three-pointers and 37.5 percent from the field overall. Four of the five WashU starters registered double-digit points with senior guard Luke Silverman-Lloyd leading the way (17 points).
The Maroons got to the rim early and often in the first half, but the Bears kept pace during a back and forth start. With 14:33 left in the half, the Maroons led 11-9 after four ties and four lead changes. Sophomore forward Collin Barthel's three tied the game at nine, and UChicago kept the momentum rolling offensively and defensively for a 21-10 run.
The home side found themselves with an 11-point lead at 30-19. However, WashU responded by scoring the next 10 points to go into the break down a mere point, 30-29. Howard led UChicago in first half scoring with 11 while WashU's Silverman-Lloyd hit all four of his three-point attempts for 12 points at halftime.
The Bears then exploded out of the break on a 9-0 run to make it 19-straight points for WashU for a 38-30 lead. After an eight-minute span without a basket, UChicago got back onto the board with Howard's jump shot three minutes into the second half.
With 8:03 left in regulation, the visitors held a 54-42 advantage. UChicago proceeded to get some big stops defensively, cutting the lead to as few as six with 5:28 left. But neither side was able to get shots to fall efficiently from that point on. WashU scored on its final three shots of the game to get the 13-point win.
The Bears decisively won the turnover battle (9 vs. 16), points off turnovers (26-6) and assists (16-11). The two teams tied in rebounds at 34.
UChicago Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 37.5 percent (18-48)
Three-point Percentage – 25.9 percent (7-27)
Free-throw Percentage – 64.7 percent (11-17)
Tyler Howard (Guard, Jr.) – 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
Jordan Smith (Guard, Sr.) – 12 points, 3 rebounds
Washington-St. Louis Team Stats & Leaders
Field-goal Percentage – 45.8 percent (27-59)
Three-point Percentage – 41.2 percent (7-17)
Free-throw Percentage – 50.0 percent (6-12)
Luke Silverman-Lloyd – 17 points
Andrew Sanders – 15 points, 11 rebounds
Clinton Hooks – 14 points, 5 rebounds
Kevin Kucera – 7 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds