CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's basketball team pulled to within one shot several times in the last minute of play, but visiting Lake Forest College kept pace offensively to beat the Maroons 82-77 on Saturday.
It marks UChicago's (2-2 record) second-straight game that has been decided in the final seconds. The Foresters improved to 4-1 on the year.
The home side was bombing away from three-point land from the opening whistle, but baskets proved hard to come by. UChicago missed its opening nine shots before senior guard Jake Fenlon sank a trey 5:21 into the contest. Both offenses got off to slow starts in the game, and Lake Forest led 17-11 midway through the first half.
The turning point came with 7:38 remaining on the clock. In less than four minutes, the Maroons caught fire and went on an 18-2 run that put them ahead 31-22. First-year forward Dominic Laravie was a catalyst with seven points off the bench during that surge.
A 9-0 counter by the Foresters brought the game back in their favor. Fenlon's triple from the right wing in the dying moments of the half ultimately put his team up 36-32 at the break.
An and-one layup by senior forward Collin Barthel opened the half. The two sides exchanged points back-and-forth from there. Lake Forest turned to Danny Sotos to create offense, and the forward proved to be a thorn in UChicago's side. Sotos scored 22 in the second half with an array of spot-up threes and diligent forays into the paint. He accounted for 20 of his team's 26 points down the stretch.
Each time Lake Forest seemed poised to increase its lead, UChicago answered with a three-pointer or well-timed layup. Two free throws and a straight-ahead trey from Barthel chopped the deficit to 66-65. Sophomore point guard Jordan Baum hit a clutch trey with one minute left to get back to within four points at 72-68. Baum dished out nine assists in the game running the offense.
UChicago fouled on each Forester possession in the final minute in an effort to get the ball back. Lake Forest turned to guard Eric Porter to receive the entry passes, and he made all eight of his free throws in that time to keep the Maroons at bay.
Fenlon led his squad in scoring for the fourth time this year, totaling 24 points and six three-pointers. Barthel was next on the list with 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Junior forward Ryan Jacobsen pulled down nine rebounds.
UChicago shot 40 percent from the field, including 37.8 percent from three (14-37). LFC shot 49.2 percent from the field, including 39.1 percent from long range (9-23) while converting 15 of 18 free throws.
The visitors topped the rebounding column 42-35 and held a 13-7 turnover advantage as well.
- Wednesday, Nov. 29 @ 8:00 PM – UChicago at Wheaton College