CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's basketball team sank the opening basket of the game and maintained control for the rest of the contest in an 85-65 road rout of local opponent North Park University on Saturday.
The Maroons (5-6 record) played their first game in two weeks and have won four of their past five matchups. The Vikings fell to 2-10 on the season.
Senior guard Mattia Colangelo knocked down a three-pointer to open the action, and UChicago never trailed on the afternoon. For the next 15 minutes though, North Park hung close and didn't allow significant separation. A three by senior guard Jordan Baum and a layup from sophomore forward Zach Munson built the advantage up to 21-12. But the Vikings shot their way back to within three points at 27-24.
The final minutes of the first half proved crucial. The visitors reeled off the final 10 points of the half to go into the break with a 44-30 lead.
Soon enough, the margin was pushed to 20 points. Baum was fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three from the line to make the score 52-32. From that point on, UChicago's lead never dipped below 12 points.
Junior forward Brennan McDaniel submitted his first career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow junior forward Dominic Laravie tallied a double-double of his own, scoring a team-high 17 points while grabbing 11 boards. Baum and senior guard Cole Schmitz each posted 15 points and five assists.
The Maroons owned the rebounding category 45-38. The visiting side also turned 15 North Park turnovers into 22 points the other way.
UChicago shot 43.8 percent from the field, 32.1 percent from deep (9-28) and 62.5 percent on free throws (20-32). The Vikings converted 38.3 percent of their field goals, 38.9 percent on threes (7-18) and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe (12-18).
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