Fenlon's long-range attack paces Maroon men's basketball in 84-64 win against IIT

Jake Fenlon
Jake Fenlon

CHICAGOJake Fenlon's career-best scoring night highlighted the University of Chicago men's basketball team's 84-64 victory over neighboring school Illinois Institute of Technology on Tuesday.

The Maroons (2-1 record) led wire-to-wire for the second-straight game and never trailed in the contest. The Scarlet Hawks fell to 0-2.

Fenlon showed off his range to great effect, hitting 7 of 11 three-pointers en route to a career-high 25 points. His seven treys fell one short of tying the school record of eight – the record is shared by Jesse Meyer (2005) and Clint Patterson (1995). Overall, the Maroons converted 11 of 25 three-pointers for a 44-percent success rate.

The opening four minutes saw the home team capture an 11-2 advantage. A three-pointer by freshman guard Jordan Baum pushed the margin to 22-10. Later, Fenlon put up eight-straight points himself to give UChicago a 39-22 lead. The Maroons went into halftime up 17 points at 41-24.

The hosts led by at least 15 points for the rest of the game and kept any IIT rallies at bay. The Scarlet Hawks turned to Anthony Mosley Jr. to provide the offensive spark, and the guard obliged with a great array of layups and jumpers. Mosley Jr. burned his defenders for a game-high 36 points; however, the rest of his teammates were limited to 28 points on 32 percent shooting from the field.

A 14-2 run in the second half put the Maroons up big 62-35, with Fenlon hitting a trio of treys during that stretch. UChicago cruised from there to win their second-straight game.

Six total Maroons scored in double digits. Senior forward Blaine Crawford tallied 15 points and seven rebounds to finish second on the team in points. Senior forward Waller Perez, senior guard Tyler Howard and sophomore guard Noah Karras put up 10 points each.

UChicago shot 51.7 percent from the field while IIT shot 44.8 percent. The Maroons exploited its size advantage with a 41-24 rebounding edge. They also spread the ball effectively with 22 assists compared to nine by the Scarlet Hawks. UChicago was only hampered by 18 turnovers committed versus 13 forced.

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