CHICAGO – A cold second-half shooting performance by the hosts allowed visiting DePauw University to pull away late in the University of Chicago men's basketball team's 75-59 loss Saturday in the 2019 Midway Classic opener.
Senior Cole Schmitz led the Maroons (1-3) with 18 points (8-of-14) and seven rebounds, classmate Jordan Baum added 11 points and five assists and Zach Munson had 10 points (5-of-8) in 22 minutes off the bench.
UChicago will play in Sunday's Midway Classic consolation game starting at noon CT at the Ratner Athletics Center. The Maroons will take on the loser of tonight's St. Thomas/Nebraska Wesleyan contest.
Despite an early deficit – the Tigers (2-1) led 20-8 after nine minutes – the Maroons made it close before the half. Mattia Colangelo's triple at the 11:13 mark kicked off a 14-5 run for the hosts, as three more 3s – one each from Brandon Beckman, Brennan McDaniel and Baum – made it 25-22 at the 7:20 mark.
DePauw would respond with three more 3s of its own – two by Nick Felke – to hold a 38-32 advantage at the break. The second half, though, proved to be all Tigers, as they held at least a seven-point lead for the first 12 minutes. DePauw's Aaron Shank then hit a layup at the 7:20 mark that would kickstart a 9-2 run and push his squad's lead to 15 (66-51) and force a UChicago timeout with 5:06 to play.
Felke – who finished with a game-high 27 points – would hold off the Maroons, as the guard connected for seven points down the stretch to hold off any comeback.
The Maroons finished 43.4 percent from the field and 18.5 percent (5-of-27) from the 3-point line, making only 1-of-13 from behind the arc in the second frame. Meanwhile, the Tigers were 51 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from the 3-point line, making 10-of-24.
The Tigers also capitalized on their free throws, making 13-of-14 (92.9 percent) compared to 8-of-15 (53.3 percent) for the Maroons. DePauw also won the rebound battle, 32-27.
Josh Hall added 14 points for the Tigers, who will play in Sunday's Midway Classic championship contest against the winner of St. Thomas/Nebraska Wesleyan.
- Sunday, Nov. 24: UChicago vs. Nebraska Wesleyan/St. Thomas winner, 12 p.m. CT