WALTHAM, Mass. – A spirited comeback by the University of Chicago men's basketball team forced another extra period at Brandeis University, but the hosts came through in the end to beat the Maroons 101-95 in double overtime.
UChicago fell to 11-13 overall and 6-7 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Judges improved to 16-8 (8-5 UAA).
The biggest highlight from the Sunday contest came courtesy of Jordan Baum. The senior point guard posted 10 assists on the day to bring his career total to 488. The previous school record of 484 assists was established by Rusty Loyd (1994-98).
The Maroons appeared to be in control in the second half after back-to-back baskets by first-year forward Bryce Hopkins gave his team a 58-43 lead. However, Brandeis chose that moment to begin its comeback bid. A 21-5 run by the home team helped the Judges recapture the advantage at 64-63.
The two sides exchanged three-pointers to knot the score at 74-74, but neither squad was able to net the winning basket in the final minute as the game headed to overtime.
Brandeis went ahead by seven points with 38 seconds remaining in the first OT. But the Maroons refused to go away. Junior forward Dominic Laravie knocked down a three-pointer on the next trip down the floor, followed by a pair of missed free throws by the Judges. Laravie proceeded to grab an offensive rebound off a three-point miss and laid it back in to cut the deficit to two points. UChicago missed the ensuing free throw but got the offensive rebound once more. Senior guard Cole Schmitz converted his layup to tie the game at 86-86. The Judges missed a jumper in the final seconds and the team headed to a second overtime.
In the second extra period, Brandeis ended the game on a 10-4 run and did not allow a last-gasp rally to occur.
Junior forward Brennan McDaniel grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds while adding 20 points. Schmitz scored 21 points with six rebounds. Laravie's well-rounded box score featured 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Hopkins and sophomore guard Brandon Beckman tallied 11 points each.
Brandeis converted 57.1 percent of its field goals, including 52.9 percent from three-point range (9-17). UChicago made 48.1 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from long range (12-34). The Maroons led the rebounding battle 41-34.
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