WALTHAM, Mass. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team charged back from a double-digit deficit in the second half, but Brandeis University hit the deciding jumper in overtime to down the Maroons 72-71 on Friday night.
UChicago (10-5 overall, 3-1 University Athletic Association) absorbed its first conference loss of the season. The Judges moved to 10-5, including 3-1 in the UAA.
The Maroons tallied the opening basket of the game on a layup by senior forward Ryan Jacobsen. But Brandeis would hold sway from there, launching away with a 9-0 run that featured four Maroon turnovers. The visitors struggled to find a rhythm and trailed 19-9 midway through the period.
UChicago made some headway and drew within 23-19. An and-one by sophomore forward Dominic Laravie was followed up by baskets from junior guard Cole Schmitz and sophomore forward Brennan McDaniel. The Judges maintained control, however, and went into the break leading 31-25. Laravie provided a steal and basket as time expired.
Brandeis stayed hot from three-point range (7 of 13) and expanded its lead to 13 points in the opening minutes of the second half. A pair of baskets in the paint – including a three-point play – by Jacobsen winnowed the deficit to 45-36, prompting a home timeout.
The comeback continued with Laravie drawing the team back to within one point at 49-48. The sophomore then tallied a layup and two free throws to give the Maroons the lead 52-51. All told, he accounted for 11-straight UChicago points when the score was tied at 56.
Brandeis split a pair of free throws with 28 seconds remaining to knot the score at 59-59. A last-second shot by the Maroons did not fall and the two sides headed to overtime.
In the extra period, the opponents kept exchanging baskets, with Jacobsen's layup with 24 seconds left giving his team a 71-69 edge. But the Judges hit the go-ahead three with 12 seconds remaining to snag the dramatic victory.
Brandeis converted 54 percent from the field and 47 percent on three-pointers (9-19). UChicago made 42.6 percent of its field goals and 26.7 percent from three (4-15). The Maroons won the rebounding battle (35-30) and the turnover column (12-18). The four three-pointers made was their lowest total of the season.
Laravie led the scoring charge with 22 points. Schmitz and Jacobsen contributed 12 points apiece and a combined 13 rebounds.
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