CHICAGO – With an energized defense emerging in the second half, the University of Chicago men's basketball team pulled off come-from-behind, 82-70 victory over Ohio Wesleyan University to capture the Midway Classic championship Sunday.
The Maroons trailed at the break, 46-39, but opened the second half on a 12-5 run to get back into the game until key plays sealed it late.
Both Jordan Baum and Noah Karras totaled 20 points to lead UChicago (2-1), with Baum adding nine rebounds, nine assists, two seals and making 7-of-16 from the field in a near-triple double. Karras chipped in three blocks and three steals, shooting 7-of-13 and 4-of-8 from downtown.
Three more players netted double-figure scoring days a day after the Maroons struggled from the field, as Dominic Laravie (12 points), Justin Jackson (11 points) and Ryan Jacobsen (10 points, six boards) chipped in solid efforts.
The first half proved to be a 3-point shootout.
Laravie started it off with a made triple for the first basket of the game, but the Bishops would quickly match it, courtesy of Nick Carlson.
UChicago started the half with an 8-3 lead – capped by five points from Karras – to force an OWU timeout, but play balanced into a 14-14 tie at the 13:46 mark. It stood even again at 21-all (11:02), but the Bishops would go on a 11-3 run over the next three minutes – bolstered by three 3s, two by Ethan Stanisslawski.
A Baum triple helped stall the run, and he added three more buckets – including two more 3s – down the stretch to cut the visitors' lead to seven, 46-39, at the break.
In the first 20 minutes, OWU made 10-of-18 from downtown and UChicago drained 8-of-16.
The second half proved to be a different story.
A renewed UChicago defense held the Bishops (1-1) to just two more makes from downtown, as OWU finished 12-of-33 (36.4 percent) for the game compared to 13-of-32 (40.6 percent) shooting for the Maroons.
After the early run tied the game at 51-all at the 15-minute mark, the teams traded leads until OWU took its last, 65063, with 7:59 to play. A Jackson jumper gave the hosts the lead for good, as UChicago would also use a 5-for-6 performance at the charity stripe to keep OWU at bay.
Jackson would go on to hit another jumper and a 3 – and Jacobsen (layup) and Baum (triple) also hit clutch shots late – to seal the Maroons' second-straight victory.
Nick Carlson scored 19 points and Stanislawski added 17 for the Bishops in the loss.
- Tuesday, Nov. 20: North Park at UChicago, 7 p.m. CT