PITTSBURGH – Shooting struggles by the University of Chicago men's basketball team resulted in a 71-62 defeat at the hands of Carnegie Mellon University on Friday night.
The Maroons dropped to 5-8 overall and 0-2 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Tartans moved to 8-5 (1-1 UAA).
CMU led early 8-2 and 17-10. However, UChicago began to find its footing and soon tied the score up at 21-21. By halftime, the game was knotted at 28-28. First-year forward Bryce Hopkins helped the cause with 10 first-half points.
A pair of three-pointers from senior guard Jordan Baum, sandwiched around sophomore forward Zach Munson's layup, put the Maroons ahead at 39-31 in the opening minutes of the second half. Baum hit from long range again to make it 42-33.
The home team would not be denied, however. CMU rallied back to tie at 45-45, then retook the lead at 53-52. A 16-2 run by the home team staked the Tartans to a 65-54 advantage that proved too large to overcome.
Baum posted 15 points while sophomore guard Brandon Beckman scored a career-high 13 points. Junior forward Dominic Laravie added 12 points and six rebounds. Hopkins finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.
UChicago shot a season-low 33.8 percent on field goals while converting 25.7 percent of its three-pointers (9-35). Carnegie Mellon made 46.9 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep (4-16). The home side attempted 26 free throws compared to seven by the Maroons. UChicago won the rebounding battled 42-36, including 20-7 on the offensive glass.
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