CLAREMONT, Calif. – Senior Cole Schmitz tied his career high in points, but the University of Chicago men's basketball team fell victim to a late Claremont-Mudd-Scripps rally in a 67-66 road loss on Friday night.
The Maroons dropped to 4-6. The Stags improved to 6-2.
The first half was defined by defense and miscues. The two teams combined for a mere 48 points in the opening 20 minutes, while committing 21 total turnovers. At the break, UChicago held a 26-22 lead.
After the slow start, both teams picked it up in the second half – UChicago shot 55.6 percent from the field, while CMS made 59.3 percent of its field goals. Schmitz was the main beneficiary as the senior guard shot 7-for-9 for a 17 points in the half. He ended up matching his career high with 25 points in the game.
The two teams were tied at 41-41 when Schmitz put his stamp on the contest. A three-pointer, a jumper and another trey in succession by Schmitz gave the Maroons a 49-43 advantage. He proceeded to net two more jumpers to make it 55-46.
UChicago led by eight points with under five minutes to play. That's when the Stags made their move, eventually tying the score at 62-62 with 1:28 remaining on the clock.
Junior forward Brennan McDaniel provided a go-ahead jumper from 10 feet out with 32 seconds left. However, CMS scored a backdoor reverse layup with seven seconds remaining to make it 67-66. UChicago's three-point attempt at the end came after the final horn sounded, and the hosts came away with the one-point victory.
Alongside Schmitz's 25 points and six rebounds, McDaniel put up 14 points of his own. Junior forward Dominic Laravie also got into double figures with 11 points. Senior guard Jordan Baum collected seven points and six assists.
CMS led the rebounding (31-27) and turnover categories (13-17). The Maroons shot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range (8-20) and made 10 of 14 free throws (71.4 percent). The Stags converted 44.8 percent of their field goals and 30.8 percent from long range (4-13).
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