PASADENA, Calif. – Five different players hit double-digit scoring to lead the University of Chicago men's basketball team to a 76-68 victory over Caltech Tuesday night in the Maroons' opening game in California.
Senior Cole Schmitz led the way with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting and added four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Brennan McDaniel added 13 points and five rebounds and rookie Bryce Hopkins had 11 points and four boards off the bench.
Sophomore Ryan Martin (seven rebounds) and junior Dominic Laravie (three rebounds, two assists) each chipped in 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Maroons (4-5), who picked up their third-straight victory.
UChicago built a 42-29 lead at the break thanks to 50 percent (17-of-34) shooting from the field and a 7-of-17 effort from the 3-point line, with McDaniel and Schmitz draining two apiece. The Maroons' defense held the Beavers (2-5) to just 10 first-half field goals.
Early in the second half, the Maroons built their largest lead (17) at the 18:16 mark after a McDaniel triple and Schmitz layup made the score 48-31. The Beavers didn't go away easily, though, as the hosts chipped away at UChicago's lead with the aid of offense from Marcus Gee.
Gee, who finished with a game-high 27 points, made back-to-back 3s with just under 10 minutes to play to trim UChicago's advantage to just nine, 59-51, at the 9:30 mark. Maroons' senior Mattia Colangelo provided a layup in response, but another Gee layup and Stephen Hei (18 points) triple got the Beavers even closer at five, trailing 61-56.
A Martin three-ball and Schmitz jumper again helped UChicago hold its ground, as the Maroons maintained at least a six-point lead heading into the final minutes. Caltech would make one last surge, when a Hei trifecta brought the hosts to within three, 66-63, with 2:33 to play.
Schmitz again answered with a bucket at the rim, the Maroons' defense held solid and an array of UChicago players made free throws down the stretch to seal the eight-point win.
UChicago shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field for the game and 34.6 percent (9-of-26) from the 3-point line compared to 38.3 percent (23-of-60) and 34.5 percent (10-of-29) for the Beavers. The Maroons held a slight rebounding advantage, 39-36, and outscored Caltech in the paint, 32-22, in a game they never trailed.'
Senior Jordan Baum dished out a team-high five assists in the effort.
- Friday, Dec 20: UChicago at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7:30 p.m. PT