ATLANTA – Behind a blistering offensive second-half surge, the University of Chicago men's basketball team came back from an early deficit to defeat host Emory University, 114-107, Sunday afternoon in University Athletic Association play.
In a game where UChicago netted 70 second-half points, senior Noah Karras led the way for seven Maroon players who netted double figures, finishing with 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Junior teammate Cole Schmitz added 20 points and eight boards, and junior Jordan Baum had 16 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals.
All five UChicago starters netted double-figures, plus two off the bench, with Justin Jackson (13 points, 7 rebounds), Ryan Jacobsen (12 points, nine rebounds), Max Jacobs (15 points) and Brennan McDaniel (13 points, eight rebounds) adding to UChicago's highest offensive output of the season.
UChicago (14-8, 7-4 UAA) trailed by 12 at the half, 55-44, as the Maroons struggled from the field, making 16-of-41 (39 percent) from the field and 8-of-25 (32 percent) from the 3-point line. The halftime break proved to be kind to Maroon shooters, who not only improved drastically from the field (59.4 percent) and the 3-point line (40 percent) but also at the free-throw line, making 26-of-32 attempts (81.3 percent).
Emory (17-5, 8-3) drained a 3 to start the second period to increase the Eagles' lead to 14, at 58-44. Two quick makes from Karras and Schmitz (a triple) helped stall the hosts' momentum. UChicago would continue to chip away at the Eagles' lead until Jackson's jumper at the 10:44 mark gave the Maroons the lead at 77-76.
Two 3s – one by Schmitz and another by McDaniel – and a Karras jumper helped UChicago start to pull away with a 10-point (91-81) lead with 5:36 left. Emory would make another run, though, scoring 11 unanswered points to pull within one, 91-90, with 3:20 to go.
A Baum triple finally broke the scoring drought for the Maroons, and a Jackson three-point play pushed the lead back to five, 97-92. The final 1:35 told the story of UChicago's clutch performance at the free-throw line, where the Maroons missed just one of their 18 attempts to close out the game.
Jacobs made 6-of-6 and Karras and Baum were 4-of-4 from the charity stripe during that span.
UChicago finished the game 47.9 percent from the field and made 14 3s on the day, compared to 47.7 percent and 12 3s for Emory. The free-throw line proved to be the biggest differential, with the Maroons making 30-of-36 (83.3 percent) and Emory 13-of-22 (59.1 percent). UChicago owned the boards, 52-38, and scored 31 second-chance points.
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