CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's basketball team couldn't overcome a hot-shooting night by visiting Lake Forest College in a 102-89 nonleague loss Wednesday night at the Ratner Athletics Center.
The Foresters (2-0) finished the game a blistering 60 percent from the field – including a 68.8 percent performance in the first half that gave Lake Forest a 55-43 lead – and never trailed in the second half en route to the win.
Junior Dominic Laravie and first-year Bryce Hopkins led the Maroons (1-1) in scoring on the night with 16 each, with Laravie adding six rebounds and a blocked shot. Hopkins recorded a new career-high in his young career, plus added six rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes off the bench.
Three more UChicago players hit double-figure scoring on the night, as senior Cole Schmitz (15 points, seven rebounds), Mattia Colangelo (11 points, three assists), and Brandon Beckman (10 points, three rebounds) rounded out the hosts' offensive leaders.
The game was tight early in the first frame, as the lead changed hands five times in a high-scoring opening period. Laravie scored the Maroons' first four points to give UChicago an early lead, and a later Colangelo triple and Baum jumper made it 11-8, Maroons.
Lake Forest's Sean Espinosa's special first-half performance didn't allow the lead to last for long. The Foresters' sharpshooter made 9-of-10 shots from the field and 3-for-4 from the 3-point line to keep the Maroons at bay and allow the visitors to build a comfortable first-half advantage.
In the second half, the closest UChicago would come was nine. Two Cole Schmitz free throws made the score 72-63, but Lake Forests' Aidyn Albright drained two-straight 3s to ignite a Foresters' 9-0 run and make it 81-63.
The Maroons finished the game 55.2 percent from the field (32-of-58) but struggled from the 3-point line (28.6 percent, 8-of-28), compared to 64 percent (16-of-25) for the Foresters.
UChicago committed 19 turnovers to 12 for Lake Forest, and the Foresters converted those giveaways into 31 points. The Maroons did well at the free-throw line, making 17-of-24 (70.8 percent).
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