Laravie Nets Career-High 19 in Men's Basketball Season Opener; Maroons Fall at #19 IWU

Dominic Laravie
Dominic Laravie

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team competed all the way through with a Top 20 squad in host Illinois Wesleyan, but the No. 19 Titans pulled away late to hand the Maroons an 81-73 loss in Sunday's season opener.

Sophomore Dominic Laravie opened his second season with the Maroons (0-1) with a career-high 19 points on 5 of 10 shooting and added nine rebounds. Laravie's previous career-best was eight.

Seniors Max Jacobs (5-for-6 from the field) and Justin Jackson chipped in 11 points off the bench and Noah Karras (nine), Jake Berhorst (eight) and Ryan Jacobsen (eight) also contributed offensively.

Both teams traded baskets in the first 10 minutes to play near even to start. Jackson drained a 3-pointer to give UChicago its first and only lead of the game (15-14) at the 10:40 mark, but IWU (1-0) would respond with a made triple of its own.

The Titans would go on to make a 20-9 run over the next six minutes to take their biggest lead of the half at 10, 34-24, with 4:16 to go. But the Maroons used the 3-point shot – two timley makes by Karras and Berhorst – to get back into the game and trail by six, 38-33, at the break.

IWU started the second half on a 6-0 run to build its lead back to 11, 44,-33, but UChicago found its stroke from downtown again – courtesy of Berhorst – to stem the tide. The Titans would go on to lead again by 10, 61-51, with 10 minutes to play, but the Maroons would not allow the hosts to pull away.

Back-to-back layups by Jacobs and Laravie cut that lead back down to six, 61-55, followed by two Laravie free throws to pull UChicago within four, at 61-57. At the 7:27 mark, the Maroons' Cole Schmitz hit a key layup to make it a two-point contest, but again, IWU answered with a layup to push the lead to four.

The difference down the stretch was never less than three. Laravie made two layups late to bring the Maroons within four with 1:37 to play (75-71), but UChicago was unable to convert and the Titans would go on to close out the game at the free-throw line, going a perfect 6 of 6 in the final 38 seconds.

UChicago finished the game shooting 53.2 percent (25 of 47) from the field and made 7 of 17 (41.2 percent) from 3 compared to 46.9 percent (30 of 64) and 3 of 11 (27.3 percent) for the Titans. The Maroons edged IWU on the boards, 31-30, but turned the ball over 19 times to the Titans' nine.

Free-throws were also near-even, with UChicago making 16-for-21 (76.2 percent) compared to IWU's 18-for-21 (85.7 percent) effort.

Sophomore Brennan McDaniel added five rebounds and four assists in a reserve role.

Colin Bonnett scored 19 points to lead IWU in the win and Brady Rose (15 points) and Jason Gregoire added 12.

 

NEXT GAME:

  • Saturday, Nov. 17: Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at UChicago, 2 PM CT (Midway Classic)