ATLANTA – The University of Chicago men's basketball team led the No. 13 team in the country by as many as 13 in the second half, but the host Eagles caught fire late to hand the Maroons a tough 71-66 league setback Friday.
UChicago (7-9, 3-2 University Athletic Association) opened the game in control. The Maroons built a 15-4 lead in the contest's first eight minutes, capped by a Justin Jackson make from 3-point land at the 12:13 mark. Karras and Fenlon added 3s of their own to maintain the advantage before Emory (14-2, 5-0) made a run to cut lead to just two, 28-26.
But five straight points from Fenlon – including three made free throws after he was fouled on a triple attempt – sent the Maroons headed into the locker room up seven, 33-26.
Barthel opened the second half strong offensively, as the forward netted all three of his buckets in the first four minutes to help the Maroons extend that lead. First-year Dominic Laravie's made layup at the 15:32 mark gave UChicago its biggest lead at 13, 45-32, but Emory still had another run left.
Matt Davet hit back-to-back 3s and two free throws to trim the UChicago lead to five, 47-42, which set the stage for Eagles' first-year guard Roman Williams to take over. Karras would drain back-to-back 3s of his own to push the lead back to nine, 53-44, with 12:25 left, but the Maroons would go without a made basket for the next three minutes, and Williams' layup tied it at 53-all with 9:10 to play.
Jordan Baum gave the lead (56-53) back to the Maroons with a triple to end the scoring drought, but back-and-forth play over the next six minutes led to the Eagles' taking their first lead of the game on Christopher Avant's layup at the 3:27 mark. Fenlon answered with a layup to give the Maroons their final lead of the contest with 2:18 to play, but a corner 3 by Williams on the next possession put the Eagles in front for good.
Baum's clutch 3 from the top of the key gave UChicago life in the final seconds, but Williams – who finished with a game-high 31 – would go on to answer with a step-back jumper and two free throws to seal it.
Emory shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60) for the contest compared to 40.3 percent (25-of-62) for UChicago, and bested the Maroons at the 3-point line, hitting 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) compared to 8-of-32 (25 percent) for the visitors.
The Maroons won on the boards, 42-32, but committed more turnovers (15-9), which the Eagles capitalized on with 12 points. Emory's bench (39 points) and fast break play (18 points) aided its victory.
Jackson finished with nine points and seven rebounds and Baum pitched in nine points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Maroons.
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