Three-point barrage not enough for UChicago men’s basketball in 89-80 loss at Carnegie Mellon

Jake Fenlon
Jake Fenlon

PITTSBURGH – Despite a record-breaking shooting performance from Jake Fenlon, the University of Chicago men's basketball team lost 89-80 at Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday.

The Maroons (11-7 overall, 3-4 UAA) saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. The Tartans moved to 10-8 overall and 4-3 in the University Athletic Association.

Fenlon was the go-to scorer all game and broke out with a career-high 30 points. The junior guard sank a school-record 10 three-pointers in the contest, breaking the previous mark of eight. The Maroons made 15 threes on the day – its second-highest tally of the season – and 66 percent of their field goal attempts came from beyond the arc.

Even though UChicago unleashed a three-point barrage, Carnegie Mellon led wire-to-wire in the contest. The home team built up a big early lead, drawing ahead 13-3 and eventually 25-9. Three-straight treys by Fenlon and two more in-a-row by sophomore guard Noah Karras pulled the Maroons to within 35-24. Up to that point, UChicago's seven previous made field goals all came from deep.

CMU led by as many as 18 points in the first half and cruised into the break with a 47-32 advantage in tow. Forward Jack Serbin poured in 16 points as the Tartans shot 65 percent from the field. Fenlon and Karras tallied 12 points each to pace the Maroons.

In the second half, UChicago's offense started clicking more efficiently and slowly clawed its way back from a 19-point deficit. Senior forward Waller Perez scored a layup to trim the score to 57-54. A jumper and free throw from senior forward Blaine Crawford got the Maroons to within 64-62. But a quick 10-0 CMU run put the comeback out of reach down the stretch.

The Maroons came out on the short end in rebounds (34-31), turnovers (12-5) and points in the paint (48-24). UChicago shot 47.5 percent from the field compared to 54.2 percent by Carnegie Mellon.

Alongside Fenlon's 30-point outing, Karras was next in scoring with 17. Perez ended up with 13 points and seven rebounds.

NEXT GAME:

  • Friday, Feb. 3 @ 8:00 PM – Case Western Reserve University at UChicago