CHICAGO – The University of Chicago men's basketball team couldn't keep up with Emory University's offense in the second half and dropped an 83-66 decision at home on Friday night.
The Maroons moved to 7-10 overall, including 2-4 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The No. 8-ranked Eagles improved to 15-2 (5-1 UAA).
Emory entered the day averaging a league-best 89.4 points per game. But offense proved difficult for both teams in the first half as they hovered in the 30 percent range on field goals.
Sophomore guard Brandon Beckman proved to be a source of light offensively, as he put up 11 points and a trio of three-pointers in the first half. UChicago drew to within 23-19 following junior forward Brennan McDaniel's layup. However, the Eagles put together an 11-2 run to go up by double digits. At the halftime break, Emory led 39-30.
The visitors found their footing in the second half, shooting 60 percent from the field. The Eagles sank open jumpers and drove the lane hard in transition to get quick points. The chaotic attack put them up by 20 points down the stretch.
The forward tandem of junior Dominic Laravie and first-year Bryce Hopkins pulled their weight in the second half with 10 points each. Hopkins drove the lane hard while Laravie was able to spot up for jumpers.
Beckman and Laravie produced 15 points each by game's end. Hopkins tallied 14.
UChicago finished the contest shooting 39.7 percent from the field, including 26.7 percent from long range (8-30) and 57.1 percent on free throws (4-7). Emory made 47.8 percent of its shots, 39.1 percent from deep (9-23) and 80 percent at the charity stripe (8-10).
The Eagles controlled the boards 47-33. Turnovers were nearly even at 14-13.
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