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UChicago Men’s Basketball Falls in Final Seconds to Brandeis 63-60

Brennan McDaniel
Brennan McDaniel

CHICAGO – Brandeis University hit a three-pointer in the waning seconds of the game to secure a 63-60 win over the University of Chicago men's basketball team on Sunday afternoon.

The Maroons dropped to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The No. 24-ranked Judges improved to 12-4 overall (4-1 UAA).

The visitors went ahead early on 12-7, but consecutive three-pointers from junior forward Dominic Laravie and senior guard Cole Schmitz made the score 13-12. Junior forward Brennan McDaniel went back-to-back with a layup and trey to push the score to 20-16.

UChicago took a 32-28 advantage into the halftime locker room. McDaniel contributed 10 points in the half, with Schmitz adding nine of his own.

Brandeis slowly pulled away as the second half progressed, expanding from 39-38 to 51-42 as the Maroons struggled with their deep jumpers. Seven-straight points by McDaniel drew his team closer at 57-52. Schmitz chopped the deficit to three points with a layup at 1:17 remaining. Then McDaniel delivered again, this time burying a three from the right corner to tie the game at 60-60.

However, the Judges proceeded to nail a three of their own with 3.2 seconds left on the clock, and a last heave by UChicago drew the back iron for a final score of 63-60.

McDaniel submitted his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Schmitz posted 13 points and five rebounds. Sophomore guard Brandon Beckman put up 11 points.

In the final stats, UChicago shot 37.3 percent from the field, 23.5 percent from three (8-34) and 80 percent from the line (8-10). Brandeis made 43.1 percent from the field, 30 percent from deep (6-20) and 87.5 percent from the charity stripe (7-8).

The Judges narrowly led rebounds 37-36. UChicago committed only five turnovers compared to seven by the visitors.


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