CHICAGO – On a day when the University of Chicago men's basketball team honored its senior class of four, the Maroon fourth-years took care of business and maintained control throughout a 76-66 win over visiting New York University on Sunday.
Before the game, the Maroon recognized its seniors - Justin Jackson, Max Jacobs, Ryan Jacobsen and Noah Karras - and their families on the court. Over the last four years, the team has compiled a season record of 61-38 (.616 winning percentage).
Jacobs led the Maroons with 15 points, shooting an efficient 6-of-7 from the field and a perfect 2-of-2 from downtown, making both at key times in the second half. Jackson added 14 points, sophomore Dominic Laravie had 13 points and eight rebounds and Karras added 10 points for the Maroons, who completed the University Athletic Association season-sweep of the Violets (7-17, 1-12 UAA).
With junior Jordan Baum joining the four seniors in the starting lineup, the Maroons (15-9 overall, 8-5 UAA) withstood an early 4-0 run by NYU and took its first lead with a Jacobs layup at 11-10. UChicago held a slim lead for most of the first period, until back-to-back 3s by Zach Munson and Karras pushed the Maroons' advantage to eight, at 33-25.
UChicago led at the break, 35-27, and Jacobs opened the second half with a quick layup to increase the lead to 10. NYU would then put together an early run, scoring nine unanswered points to pull within one, 37-36 (17:09).
Jacobsen's layup halted the Violet momentum and two more treys – one each by Karras and Laravie – quickly put the Maroons back in control and up nine, 45-36. The Maroons would never trail in the second half and led by as many as 15 with 6:03 to go.
The Maroons finished 45.0 percent (27-of-60) from the field compared to 42.6 percent (26-of-61) for the Violets, but UChicago drained 10-of-27 from 3-point land while holding NYU to just 3-of-14 shooting.
The UChicago bench proved to be a big-time factor in the win, as the Maroons outscored NYU's reserves by a 29-16 margin.
Munson added seven points and three boards and Cole Schmitz had six points and four rebounds as part of that reserve crew for UChicago.
Jimmy Martinelli led the Violets with 14 points and Dom Cristiano added 11 in the setback.
UChicago will complete the regular season next Saturday, when the Maroons travel to rival Washington-St. Louis for its UAA finale.
- Saturday, Feb. 23: UChicago at Washington-St. Louis. 3 PM CT