CHICAGO – An offensive lull in the second half proved costly for the University of Chicago men's basketball team in a 66-61 loss to No. 15-ranked Emory University on Friday night.
The Maroons dropped to 8-11 overall and 4-4 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Eagles improved to 16-3 overall (7-1 UAA).
Facing off for the second time in a week, the two sides played a closely contested first half almost even. Early on, UChicago relied on three-point shooting as seven of its opening nine field goals were from beyond the arc. The hosts took their biggest lead of the game 18-12 after senior forward Collin Barthel sunk a three-pointer from straight away. Emory answered swiftly with seven-straight points to recapture the lead.
The next three field goals all came from deep courtesy of senior guard Jake Fenlon and junior guard Noah Karras to make the score 27-21. The Maroons ultimately took a narrow 35-33 edge into the halftime locker room. Fenlon tallied nine points while Karras had six points in the half. Emory was buoyed by lightning-quick guard Romin Williams, who came off the bench to tally 12 points in 14 minutes, including a driving layup as time expired.
The Eagles got on a roll offensively right off the bat in the second half, making five shots in-a-row to go ahead 43-37. The Maroons tied the score up at 43-43, but the scoring dried up over the next seven minutes. That drought allowed Emory to jump out 52-45.
UChicago got back within three points at 54-51 following a jumper by Karras with five minutes remaining. However, that's as close as the hosts would get. Emory would score on four of its next five possessions to put the game out of reach.
Karras led the way with 17 points. Barthel tallied 11 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore point guard Jordan Baum contributed eight points and six assists.
Overall, UChicago shot 40 percent on field goals, 30 percent on threes (9-30) and 72.7 percent on free throws (8-11). Emory made 47.4 percent of its field goals, 26.3 percent from three (5-19) and 87.5 percent from the charity stripe (7-8).
The Eagles won the rebounding battle 38-27. Turnovers were even at 12 each.
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