CHICAGO – Another big performance from Brandon Beckman helped the University of Chicago men's basketball team to a 79-74 win against New York University on Friday night.
The Maroons moved to 7-8 overall (2-2 University Athletic Association). The Violets fell to 7-8 (0-4 UAA).
For the third-straight game, sophomore guard Beckman set a new career-high for points. After posting 13 and 16 points in consecutive contests, he poured in 19 inside the friendly confines of the Ratner Athletics Center against NYU. His all-around score line also included game highs of seven assists and four steals.
With the visiting Violets coming out in a zone defense, UChicago took a green-light approach from distance. Out of their 39 field goal attempts in the first half, the Maroons hoisted 30 three-pointers.
After an early 8-7 deficit, the home side charged out ahead to go up 21-12 following senior guard Jordan Baum's trey. However, NYU answered right back with a 14-4 run of its own to recapture the lead. The next three UChicago possessions down the floor ended with three-pointers from junior forward Dominic Laravie, Beckman and Beckman again. The sophomore's fifth triple of the half staked his squad to a 40-33 advantage at the halftime break.
Five points by senior guard Cole Schmitz and another Laravie three made the score 48-37, prompting an immediate NYU timeout. The margin peaked at 56-41 when Beckman threw a no-look backwards pass behind his back for sophomore teammate Zach Munson to can an open trey.
When UChicago's offense began to hit a dry spell, the Violets made their move. The visitors constantly drove the lane and it paid off with a massive 46-12 advantage in points in the paint over the course of the game. The deficit shrunk to four in the final minute of the game. But two Baum free throws with one second left preserved the win.
The Maroons set new season highs with 16 made three-pointers on 45 attempts. The school record for three-point attempts is 47, which came against Trinity University (Texas) in 2017.
Beckman and Laravie each tallied 19 points and five three-pointers. Schmitz posted 13 points and five rebounds, while Baum added 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.
NYU outshot UChicago 42.4 percent to 35.4 percent from the field. The Violets made 4 of 17 from long range (23.5 percent). UChicago made 65.4 percent from the line (17-26) compared to 63.6 percent by NYU (14-22). The Violets led the rebounding battle 46-41 but turned the ball over more often (18-10). The Maroons also blocked six shots.
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