ATLANTA – A big second-half push spurred the University of Chicago men's basketball team to an 84-76 upset victory over No. 6-ranked Emory University on Friday.
The Maroons (8-11, 3-5 UAA) snapped its three-game skid and defeated Emory for the third time in the past four meetings. The Eagles dropped to 16-3 overall and 6-2 in the University Athletic Association.
The back-and-forth affair featured nine ties and 12 lead changes over the course of the contest. Outside of an early 9-4 UChicago lead, the two teams stayed within four points of each other the rest of the half. After the Eagles took a brief 28-26 lead, Maroon forwards Bryce Hopkins and Brennan McDaniel combined to score their team's next 10 points and give the visitors a narrow 36-35 halftime advantage.
Emory led 64-59 midway through the second half before UChicago went on a huge 18-1 run. After shooting only 1-for-9 on three-pointers in the first half, the Maroons caught fire from deep in the second half by converting 7-for-15. Senior guard Jordan Baum capped the rally with a trey to make the score 77-65.
Things got interesting in the waning minutes. The Eagles chopped the deficit all the way down to 80-76. But UChicago made free throws in the final minute to provide some cushion as Emory missed its final four shots.
McDaniel poured in 20 points off the bench on 8 of 12 shooting with nine rebounds and two blocks. Hopkins matched him with a career-high 20 points while grabbing eight rebounds. Senior guard Cole Schmitz posted 18 points and nine rebounds, while sophomore guard Brandon Beckman added 13 points.
UChicago shot 46 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range (8-24). Emory was held to 34.2 percent on field goals and 33.3 percent from deep (10-30). Both squads attempted 23 free throws, with the Maroons making 78.3 percent compared to 69.6 percent by the Eagles.
The visitors won the rebounding battle 46-41, with a 36-26 points in the paint advantage.
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