CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's basketball team grinded out a 51-43 victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Saturday to start the 2018 Midway Classic off on a high note and give the Maroons their first victory of the season.
Junior guard Jordan Baum led the Maroons (1-1) with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists and classmate Cole Schmitz added 12 points -- a new career-high – in a game where defense reigned and offense was tough to come by.
UChicago, who led 23-20 at the break, shot 30.9 percent (17-of-55) from the field and 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from the 3-point line, compared to 32.1 percent (17-of-53) and 17.6 percent (3-of-17) marks for the Stags (0-1).
The Maroons edged CMS on the boards, 42-41, led by eight from Ryan Jacobsen, who made four-of-eight shots from the field for eight points.
UChicago made its move in a tightly contest game with seven minutes to play in the second half. With the Stags holding a three-point lead (37-34), Schmitz got things rolling with two made free-throws to bring the Maroons back within one.
Senior Noah Karras then promptly drained a 3 – and then later made two free throws – to give the home team back the lead. A CMS layup tied it again at 41-all with 3:28 to go, but Baum answered with a layup to force a Stags timeout.
A timely Jacobsen steal set up his own made layup on the ensuing possession, and Schmitz capitalized on a missed CMS shot with a made jumper of his own to push UChicago's lead to six, 47-41, with 1:55 to play.
The Maroons would go on to make 4-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win and set them up for a spot in Sunday's Midway Classic title game, where they'll face Ohio Wesleyan, a 80-66 winner over Springfield.
Karras finished with five points and five rebounds and Max Jacobs added five points and four boards off the bench for UChicago.
Jeremy Horn led CMS with 11 points in the loss.
- Sunday, Nov. 18: Ohio Wesleyan at UChicago, 3 p.m. CT