Maroon men’s basketball maintains winning streak with 83-69 win at Kalamazoo

Noah Karras and Tyler Howard
Noah Karras and Tyler Howard

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team stretched their win streak to six games with an 83-69 victory at Kalamazoo College on Saturday.

The Maroons (6-1 record) have won its past six games by an average margin of 13.2 points. The Hornets fell to 2-4.

A foul-filled first half forced coaches on both sides to make some tough decisions. Four Maroons picked up at least two fouls, including three starters. By the end of the game, UChicago had four starters with four fouls each. However, the offensive output of sophomore guard Noah Karras and senior guard Tyler Howard proved to be the difference.

Midway through the first half, the Hornets led 15-12. Karras and junior forward Collin Barthel combined to put up UChicago's next 10 points and a layup put the visitors up 22-20. After a brief tie at 22-22, the Maroons embarked on a 13-4 run over the next five minutes. Three-point splashes by Karras and freshman guard Jordan Baum pushed the lead to 35-26. Karras capped his 14-point first half by hitting another trey heading into halftime. Howard added 10 points of his own as UChicago went into the break with a 40-31 advantage.

It was Kalamazoo though that came out ready to charge in the second half. The hosts tied the game up at 44-all in five minutes of game time. However, the Maroons leaned on their three-point prowess to put themselves back into control. Six of their next eight field goals were all from deep. Karras provided 10 points during the run and sophomore forward Ryan Jacobsen stepped out to hit a pair of triples to put UChicago comfortably ahead at 68-48.

The Hornets could not cut the deficit into single digits and the Maroons closed out down the stretch to win by 14 points. A career-high 27 points from Karras featured 9 of 14 shooting and five three-pointers. Howard filled up the stat sheet with 17 points, six assists and six rebounds.

UChicago shot 54 percent from the field – the fifth time in six games that the team has made more than half their shots this season. The Maroons were lights out from beyond the arc, making 12 of 24. Kalamazoo shot 53.3 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from long range (5-14).

Rebounds were even at 26 each. The Hornets turned the ball over 22 times, which led to 31 points for the Maroons.

NEXT GAME:

  • Saturday, Dec. 17 @ 3:00 PM – UChicago vs. Monmouth College (at Rhodes College Tournament)