CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's basketball team drained 14 treys, withstood an Emory University comeback and dominated the overtime period to hold off the Eagles for a 96-86 league victory Sunday.
UChicago (10-4, 3-0 University Athletic Association) won its third straight game and remained a perfect 3-0 in conference play with the victory, which snapped a seven-game losing skid against Emory (10-4, 1-2) dating back to the 2014-15 season.
Sophomore Cole Schmitz had a career day in the win, totaling career highs in both points (23) and rebounds (10) in a 9-of-17 performance from the floor, which included 4-of-8 from the 3-point line.
Junior Jordan Baum added 18 points, six rebounds and three assists, sophomore Dominic Laravie had 15 points and seven boards and senior Max Jacobs chipped in 13 points on an efficient 4-of-6 shooting.
The Maroons controlled much of the game, leading 45-36 at halftime behind a flurry of 3s, making 9-of-19. Schmitz had three of his triples for 14 points in the first period. But the Eagles wouldn't fold in the final 20 minutes, as Emory chipped away at the Maroons' lead in the final minutes.
Emory tied the game at 77-all with 3:10 to go in regulation, but Baum made two big shots – one a 3 and the other a driving basket and the foul – to give the Maroons three-point advantage with 24 seconds left. The Eagles, however, got a little bit of luck in their final possession, as Matt Davet's 3-point try bounced up off the rim, and in, to send the game to overtime tied at 84.
UChicago would all but control the extra five minutes, kicked off by a Ryan Jacobsen bucket inside. Laravie made a big jumper and the Maroons' defense would hold the Eagles scoreless until 22 seconds left.
Karras, who struggled to find his rhythm from behind the arc, made his lone triple when it counted, draining a shot from the wing with 1:31 left to all but seal it.
UChicago finished 34-of-81 (42 percent) from the field and 14-of-36 (38.9 percent) from 3-point land compared to 47 percent (31-of-66) and 36.4 percent (8-of-22) for the Eagles. The Maroons dominated the boards, 52-40, including 22 offensive that helped lead to 29 second-chance points.
Jacobsen, who added six points, finished with eight rebounds, including six offensive, and teammates Laravie (seven), Brennan McDaniel (seven), Baum (six) and Karras (six) helped the rebounding cause, led by Schmitz's 10.
Karras added nine points and four assists, and McDaniel and first-year Brandon Beckman added six points each.
Davet led the Eagles with 27 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
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