LEXINGTON, Ky. – Three big-time individual performances propelled the University of Chicago men's basketball team to an 81-76 win over Thomas More (Ky.) University Wednesday to complete a 2-0 showing at the Transylvania University Don Lane Classic.
Senior Noah Karras led the Maroons (7-3) in scoring with his second-highest scoring output of the season, netting 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting including 5-of-8 makes from the 3-point line.
Teammates Jordan Baum and Ryan Jacobsen made their own marks, each netting double-doubles. Baum scored 17 points on 5-of-10 from the field and dished out 12 assists and Ryan Jacobsen added 14 points and matched his career-high in rebounds with 14. He was also an efficient 7-of-9 from the field.
At the tournament's conclusion, Baum was named Most Outstanding Player and Karras earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
At the half, both teams stood tied at 35-all. Karras had 12 points and Jacobsen had eight points and 10 rebounds in the first 20 minutes of play. In the second period, back-to-back 3s by Karras pushed the Maroons' lead to eight, 45-37, at the 16:39 mark, and UChicago led by as many as 12 after a Brennan McDaniel layup made it 51-39 with 13:40 to go.
The Saints (6-6) would battle back on multiple occasions throughout the second half, including a surge that brought them within four, at 54-50, at the 10:59 mark. That charge was quelled by a Dominic Laravie 3 and Zach Munson layup to push the Maroons' back to nine, 59-50.
A Jacobsen jumper gave UChicago a 16-point (75-59) advantage with 5:03 remaining before Thomas More made one last charge. A 15-2 run in the next four minutes – capped by a Ryne Callahan triple – cut that lead to just three, 77-74, with 54 seconds left.
But Baum proved cool and collected at the free throw line, draining all four of his attempts in the final minute to seal UChicago's second-straight victory.
Laravie finished with five points and seven rebounds and McDaniel added nine points and four boards off the bench for the Maroons, who shot 48.5 percent (33-of-68) from the field and 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from behind the arc.
Thomas More finished 44.9 percent (31-of-69) from the field and 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from the 3-point line, comparatively, led by Damion King's 25 points.
UChicago dominated the boards, 44-24, including 10 offensive rebounds, and outscored the Saints' bench, 20-4.
- Sunday, Dec. 30: Millikin at UChicago, 3 PM CT