CLEVELAND, Ohio – A late surge by host Case Western Reserve proved to be too much for the University of Chicago men's basketball team in a 78-73 setback Sunday in an University Athletic Association road contest.
Senior Jake Fenlon scored a team-high 18 points and sophomore Jordan Baum had an all-around game with 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with five rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Sam Sustacek added 11 points to round out Maroon players in double figures.
After trailing by eight, 35-27, with four minutes to play in the first half, UChicago (7-9, 3-2 UAA) made a big run to close the first period. The Maroons held the Spartans (8-8, 2-3) scoreless for the remainder of the half during their 14-0 run – kicked off by back-to-back Jake Fenlon triples – to head into the locker room up six, 41-35.
Fenlon opened the second half with another made 3 – he would go on to finish with four made shots from downtown – to push UChicago's lead to nine at 44-35. But CWRU responded with a 13-3 run of its own, propelled by 10 points from TJ Duckett.
The game stood tied at 57-all with 7:25 left in the game after a Noah Karras 3-pointer, but back-to-back 3s by Case Western's Ignas Masiulionis would give the hosts the lead for good. Ryan Jacobsen's layup with 25 seconds left cut the lead to three, 76-73, but Spartans would close out a game at the free-throw line to seal the win.
CWRU held a slight advantage in shooting percentage from the field, making 48.4 percent (30-of-62) compared to 42.6 percent (26-of-61) for the Maroons. Both teams utilized the 3-point shot, with UChicago connecting on 12-of-32 (37.5 percent) attempts compared to 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) for the hosts.
The Spartans did the most damage in the paint (36-24) and scored 14 points off 10 UChicago turnovers.
The game featured 12 lead changes and five ties.
Karras and Jacobsen finished with eight points apiece and senior Collin Barthel added five points and team-best eight rebounds off the bench.
Duckett led the Spartans with 22 points and Masiulionis had 18 in the win.
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