PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Sophomore Cole Schmitz netted 20 points but host Carnegie Mellon came up with the clutch shots down the stretch to upend the University of Chicago men's basketball team 71-69 Sunday afternoon on the road.
Schmitz finished 8-of-8 from the field and 4-of-9 from 3-point land and added five rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Junior Jordan Baum added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists and sophomore Dominic Laravie chipped in a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
UChicago (13-7, 6-3 University Athletic Association) led at the break, 33-29, behind 15 points from Schmitz. The Maroons would open the second period on a 8-4 run to increase that lead to eight, 41-33, but the host Tartans (RECORD) would chip away at the lead over the next 10 minutes. CMU would take its first lead of the second half at the 9:46 mark when Zach Howarth drained a triple to make it 51-50 in favor of the hosts.
The lead would change hands several times in the final nine minutes, before Carnegie Mellon took it for good with a Howarth made layup to make it 61-60 with 5:04 left. Buckets by Baum and Ryan Jacobsen in the final two minutes would bring the Maroons within one on two separate occasions, but UChicago could not stop Howarth, who answered both with makes of his own, including a three-point play at the 1:08 mark.
CMU – who took 19 more free throws in the game then did UChicago – would go on to close out the game at the charity stripe before Baum drained a 3 as time expired.
The Maroons shot a crisp 45.2 percent (28-of-62) from the field and 30.8 percent (8-of-26) from 3 compared to 42.4 percent (25-of-59) and 30.8 percent (4-of-13) for CMU. UChicago was slightly outrebounded, 37-34, and committed two more turnovers, 13-11. The free-throw line was the one disparity, with the Maroons making 5-of-7 while the Tartans were 17-of-26.
Jacobsen finished with nine points and rebounds in the Maroon effort.
Howarth led CMU with 20 points.
- Friday, Feb. 8: UChicago at Rochester, 8 p.m. ET