UChicago Men's Basketball Drops Season Finale at WashU, 81-63

UChicago Men's Basketball Drops Season Finale at WashU, 81-63

ST. LOUIS – Sophomore Cole Schmitz scored 15 points to lead the University of Chicago men's basketball team in Saturday's 81-63 regular-season finale loss to host Washington-St. Louis.

Schmitz made 5-of-12 from the field and added five rebounds and three assists as the lone Maroon in double-figure scoring. Dominic Laravie and Noah Karras added eight points for the Maroons, who finished their season with a 15-10 overall record and 8-6 mark in the University Athletic Association.

The Maroons trailed by just two, 41-39, at the break, as Schmitz scored 10 of his 15 in the first 20 minutes. WashU (17-8, 10-4) opened thes second half on a 12-3 run to push the advantage to 11, 53-42, before UChicago senior Max Jacobs drained a 3-pointer to stall the Bears' momentum.

The offensive for the Maroons, however, began to stall midway through the second half, and UChicago was unable to find its stroke, making just eight field goals in the final 20 minutes.

For the game, UChicago shot 38.3 percent (23-of-60) compared to 53.3 percent (32-of-60) for the Bears, who also won the rebounding battle 39-30. WashU was particularly dominant in the paint, 42-16, and the Bears led on fastbreak points (14-5) and netted 20 points off 12 UChicago turnovers.

Three players added six points apiece for the Maroons: Jordan Baum (five assists), Jacobs and Brennan McDaniel and senior Justin Jackson added five points in his final game for UChicago.

Jack Nolan led the Bears with 26 points, six assists, five steals, and four rebounds and Hank Hunter added 13 points off the bench.

The win for WashU split the season series between the two teams. UChicago won the league opener against the Bears back on January 5, 88-80.