ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team kept within a handful of points all evening, but could not find a chance to pull in front as the University of Rochester handed the Maroons a 63-57 road loss on Friday night.
In the battle between the University Athletic Association's third-place teams, the Yellowjackets rose to 17-4 overall (7-3 UAA) as UChicago dropped to 13-8 (6-4 UAA).
Rochester had evidently learned their lesson from UChicago's thrilling 85-80 win a month ago, severely limiting the Maroons' ability to create open jump shots. The visitors shot just 35.1 percent from the field and 9-of-34 from deep. The Yellowjackets, for their part, hit 6 of its 11 three-point attempts and 42 percent of its shots overall. Not much else separated the teams on the stat sheet, although the hosts did come by 26 of their points in the paint, including 18 in the second half.
Senior guard Noah Karras still converted 4-of-9 from beyond the arc for a team-leading 12 points alongside five rebounds. The other Maroon in double digits was senior forward Ryan Jacobsen, who just missed out on a double-double with 10 points and a squad-high nine rebounds.
Forward Andrew Lundstrom racked up 23 points and 10 rebounds to spearhead Rochester's effort.
A cagey start to the game saw patient offenses confronting focused defenses. The slow initial exchange had Rochester up 7-2, but a pair of threes from Karras kept UChicago in the mix. The Maroons even briefly pulled ahead, in part due to the Yellowjackets' seven turnovers in the opening 10 minutes.
Settling into the game, Rochester surged to an 18-13 lead, but junior guard Jordan Baum answered by flicking in an off-balance three as the shot clock expired. Another deep three from Baum after a home basket made the score 20-19 with five minutes left in the first half. After the Yellowjackets jumped five ahead again, senior guard Max Jacobs sliced in for a layup and sophomore forward Brennan McDaniel took a charge on the other end. McDaniel then finished off the half with a basket of his own, leaving UChicago one point down at 25-24.
Sophomore forward Dominic Laravie and Karras got the second half started with three-pointers, but Rochester continued to score as well. With the game tied at 33, Baum whipped a skip pass that found Karras on the right side and the open triple gave UChicago a three-point lead – its largest of the game.
Although the edge held for a few minutes, the Yellowjackets started to work the ball inside successfully as the Maroon forwards found themselves in foul trouble. A 14-6 Rochester run put the hosts in control midway through, with UChicago struggling to sink jumpers that might trim the deficit.
The final rally commenced with a deep transition three from Baum with just under five minutes remaining. The pace briefly accelerated, creating another opportunity as Jacobsen got the ball in the lane and connected with Jacobs for a corner three that made it a one-possession contest. After a Maroon stop, Laravie procured the tying basket and suddenly the teams were even at 51 with 3:25 on the clock.
Six unanswered Rochester points over the next two minutes, however, dampened the comeback hopes. The Yellowjackets went 8-for-8 from the line over the final stretch to secure the win despite a few late UChicago makes, including a Jacobsen buzzer-beater.
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