CHICAGO – A late run by the hosts was stymied in the final seconds as the University of Chicago men's basketball team fell in a back-and-forth affair to Illinois Wesleyan University Tuesday night at the Ratner Athletics Center by a score of 78-74.
IWU (3-1) would answer by making 1-of-2 free throws to push the lead back to two, but the Titans would regain possession on the second missed free throw with a key offensive rebound. Keondrae Schumacher would later seal it with two free throws to give IWU the close victory.
Maroons' senior Cole Schmitz led the hosts in scoring with 15 points (5-for-8), four rebounds, and two assists and Baum (eight rebounds, four assists, three steals) and rookie Bryce Hopkins had 14 points apiece and Brennan McDaniel added 10 points and five rebounds.
The first half proved even. McDaniel and Hopkins netted eight points each – and accounted for four of the Maroons' seven (7-for-20) first-half 3s as both teams went into the locker room tied at 35-all.
IWU made a run in the second half, outscoring the Maroons 10-4 to take an early six-point lead (45-39) at the 16:47 mark. But Baum would answer – shaking off any shooting struggles in the first half (1-for-6) – with a jumper followed by a pull-up 3. A Baum steal then led to a Schmitz layup and a defensive stop later led to a McDaniel offensive board and put back to give the Maroons back the lead (46-45) and force an IWU timeout.
The Titans would again push their lead back to seven, but again, Hopkins drained a corner 3 and Baum added a layup to cut that lead to just two (56-54) with 9:29 to go. After more back and forth play, it was Schmitz who came up with two big buckets – including a basket and the foul on an offensive putback – to give the Maroons a 64-62 lead with 4:16 left.
But IWU's Schumacher would answer again with a key 3 to give his squad the lead for good.
The Maroons shot 43.1 percent (28-of-65) from the field for the game and 32.4 percent (12-for-37) from 3-point land compared to IWU's 50 percent (33-of-66) and 29.4 percent (5-of-17) numbers. UChicago had 15 turnovers but forced 12. The Titans did win the battle in the paint, 40-26.
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