LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team caught fire offensively in the second half to outpace Transylvania University 86-72 on Tuesday.
Transylvania (5-5 record) is serving as host of the three-team Don Lane Classic, with UChicago (6-3) and Thomas More University participating.
A pair of three-pointers by junior guard Cole Schmitz and one by sophomore forward Dominic Laravie put the visitors ahead 12-7. Transylvania eventually took its first lead of the game 20-19 midway through the period and a 9-2 run by the hosts gave them their biggest margin at 25-21.
It was back and forth from that point on as the two sides continually exchanged baskets. Junior guard Mattia Colangelo's long jumper recaptured the advantage at 34-32. A block by senior forward Ryan Jacobsen set up the last shot of the half as senior guard Noah Karras buried a three with six seconds remaining to put UChicago up 41-39 at halftime.
The Maroons made only 7 of 23 three-point attempts in the first half, but dominated the boards handily 26-15. Schmitz posted nine points in the opening 20 minutes, followed closely by Laravie with eight.
The second half played out much more in UChicago's favor. The visitors found their offensive groove and kept it to the tune of 51 percent shooting from the field. They were deadly from beyond the arc, making 9 of 17 (52 percent).
A 49-42 lead came about thanks to a quick 8-0 run from the Maroons. However, the Pioneers continued to hang close at 58-56. Then a trio of threes from junior guard Jordan Baum, Colangelo and Karras propelled UChicago to the cushion it needed at 69-58. Another trey from Baum expanded the margin to 74-60 and the visitors never looked back. The Maroons led by as many as 20 points down the stretch.
UChicago finished the game shooting 44.6 percent from the field and 40 percent from three. The 16 treys were a new season high. The Maroons won the rebounding battle 46-34.
Schmitz scored a team-high 17 points to go with five rebounds. Laravie accumulated 12 points and eight rebounds. Baum posted 11 points and six assists and Karras finished with 10 points and six rebounds. Sophomore forward Brennan McDaniel accounted for 10 points in 12 minutes off the bench,
Transylvania was limited to 34 percent shooting in the second half to finish with a field-goal percentage of 40.6. The Pioneers made 7 of 23 from beyond the arc (30.4 percent).
- Wednesday, Dec. 19 @ 5:00 PM (ET) – UChicago vs. Thomas More University (at Lexington, Ky.)