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Maroon Men’s Basketball Goes Wire to Wire in 85-65 Victory at North Park

Brennan McDaniel
Brennan McDaniel

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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