CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team dropped behind early and a late rally fell short 62-58 at Wabash College on Friday night.
The Maroons and the Little Giants both ran their records to 4-6 on the season.
A three-pointer from senior forward Collin Barthel and a layup by junior forward Ryan Jacobsen gave UChicago a 5-4 edge. That would be UChicago's last lead of the game as Wabash utilized a 10-0 run to take control of the proceedings.
Junior guard Noah Karras scored eight-straight points for the Maroons to get them closer at 16-13. The Little Giants stayed just out of reach for the remainder of the half. A layup as time expired by sophomore forward Sam Sustacek made the score 28-23 in the home team's favor going into the break.
The two teams shot under 32 percent from the field combined in the first half, which included 25 three-point attempts. Karras scored eight points in the opening period and Sustacek added six.
The Maroons began to find more offensive rhythm in the early stages of the second half, chopping the deficit to 39-36 following junior guard Justin Jackson's two free throws. Wabash answered once again and took its largest lead of the game at 48-37 midway through the period.
UChicago battled back, keyed by Barthel's offensive hot streak. The 6-foot-8 senior tallied nine points during a 14-4 run that made the score 52-51 with 4:38 remaining. The visitors were within three points in the last minute of play, but couldn't get the final push as the Little Giants pulled out the win.
Barthel led the way with 16 points while pulling in four rebounds. Karras scored 13 points and Jackson totaled nine points and four rebounds.
For the game, UChicago shot 35.7 percent from the field, 26.9 percent on three-pointers (7-26) and 61.1 percent on free throws (11-18).
Wabash converted 36.8 percent from the field, 26.3 percent from beyond the arc (5-19) and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe (15-21).
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