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Fenlon Pours in 28; Men's Basketball Falls at Illinois Tech, 61-54

Jake Fenlon
Jake Fenlon

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's basketball team dropped a 61-54 decision to Illinois Institute of Technology Sunday in nonleague action.

Senior Jake Fenlon poured in 28 points --- draining 8-of-15 3-pointers – to lead the Maroons (3-3) and reserve Justin Jackson chipped in 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the setback.

UChicago trailed host Illinois Tech (5-2) at the half, 31-22, and the Scarlet Hawks (5-2) held on to that lead through the second half.

Fenlon drained a triple at the 6:52 mark to cut the lead to five, 48-43, at the 6:53 mark, and Jackson would then a hit a jumper, followed by another Fenlon bucket to trim that lead to three, 50-47, at the 5:39 mark.

Noah Karras added a big jumper at the 4:41 mark to cut IIT's lead to one, 50-49, with 4:13 to play, but the Scarlet Hawks would go on to make 7-of-8 free throws to close out the contest to hold off any comeback.

The Scarlet Hawks narrowly outrebounded the Maroons, 42-34, and outshot UChicago, 39.3 percent to 38.9 percent, but Illinois Tech used the free-throw line to its advantage, making 17-of-24 shots (70.8 percent) to the Maroons' 3-of-10 (30 percent).

Illinois Tech also outscored the Maroons on points off turnovers, 13-7, and second-chance points, 13-5.

Wednesday, Dec. 13: Albion at UChicago, 7 p.m. CT