CHICAGO – For the second time in three seasons, the University of Chicago men's basketball team upset a ranked Washington-St. Louis team at home on Senior Day as the Maroons defeated the No. 13 Bears Saturday, 77-70.
UChicago (12-13, 7-7 University Athletic Association) erased a nine-point halftime deficit and outscored WashU (20-5, 11-3) 43-27 in the second half to pull off the season-ending upset. The Maroons repeated history from the 2017-18 season, when UChicago beat the then-ranked No. 2 Bears on Senior Day, 86-77.
Junior Brennan McDaniel led the UChicago offense Saturday, as the forward poured in a game-high 23 points, including a 5-for-5 performance from downtown. First-year Bryce Hopkins added 13 points and nine boards off the bench, and seniors Cole Schmitz (six rebounds) and Mattia Colangelo (five assists) added nine points each.
The recently crowned new leader in career assists, Jordan Baum, added eight points and dished out one more assist, bringing his career total to 489.
McDaniel's hot shooting from deep helped bring the Maroons back in the second half, as the junior scored 11 of his 23 in the final 20 minutes, including three more makes from downtown. UChicago also locked down the Bears' offense, as WashU shot just 33.3 percent (11-for-33) from the field and 23.1 percent (3-of-13) from 3 in the second half, and made just 2-of-5 from the free-throw line.
After WashU's Devaughn Rucker opened the second half with a layup to extend the visitors' lead to 11, UChicago rattled off 13 unanswered points, including two McDaniel 3s and a Baum three-point play. Two Hopkins' free-throws tied the game at 47-all with 15:24 to play.
Colangelo gave the Maroons their first lead of the half with his layup at the 13:54 mark—which he followed with a triple to make it 55-52, UChicago. The Bears would never regain the lead after that. Timely shooting by the Maroons – Schmitz and Hopkins drained 3s during the stretch – kept WashU at bay, and UChicago made its free throws in the final minutes to uphold the upset.
UChicago made 12 3s (12-of-30, 42.4 percent) compared to eight (8-of-24, 33.3 percent) for the Bears, and the Maroons went 15-of-17 from the free-throw line compared to 6-of-9 for the visitors.
The Maroons dished out 16 assists to WashU's six and scored 21 points off 14 Bears' turnovers. The game featured nine lead changes and five ties.
Prior to the contest, UChicago honored the careers of its three seniors: Baum, Schmitz and Colangelo.