Maroon Men’s Basketball Prevails at Kalamazoo 82-72

Dominic Laravie
Dominic Laravie

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The University of Chicago men's basketball team picked up its second-straight road win on Saturday afternoon, leading wire-to-wire as the Maroons dispatched Kalamazoo College 82-72.

UChicago (5-2 recordd) got to the basket early and moved the ball to set up looks behind the arc, rapidly assembling a double-digit lead it would not relinquish. The Maroons finished the first half with 18 points in the paint, while four three-pointers accounted for 12 of their first 22 points. Overall, UChicago shot 50 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from long range. The Maroons also earned 32 free throws, converting 22 of those attempts.

Kalamazoo (2-5 record) struggled to get started offensively as the Maroons held their hosts to 21.6 percent shooting in the first half and 37.1 percent on the day. UChicago also outrebounded Kalamazoo 44-38, although the Hornets claimed a 16-10 advantage in the turnover battle.

Sophomore forward Dominic Laravie paced the Maroons with 14 points, including eight from his 10 free throws. Junior guard Jordan Baum dished out a team-high eight assists to complement his nine points, while senior guard Noah Karras went 4-of-7 from the field for 11 points. Coming off the bench, senior guard Max Jacobs tacked on 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting while also gathering a team-high nine rebounds. He shared that total with senior forward Ryan Jacobsen, who grabbed nine boards in the first half alone.

Rounding out a strong showing from the Maroon reserves were sophomore forward Brennan McDaniel and junior guard Mattia Colangelo. McDaniel tallied 10 points and five rebounds, while Colangelo snatched five rebounds of his own and seven points as he drilled both of his three-point attempts.

As in Thursday's 90-60 victory over No. 18 Wheaton, the first 10 minutes of play put the Maroons in position to take command of the game and they seized the opportunity. After a slow initial exchange left UChicago up 7-5, the defense clamped down and Colangelo drilled threes on consecutive possessions to spring an 8-0 run that resulted in a 15-5 lead for the visitors. The Hornets fought back with a string of baskets, but the Maroons soon responded with more of their own, extending their lead to as many as 16 points before settling into a 38-23 halftime advantage.

The Maroons held this margin as the second half got under way, but Kalamazoo cut the lead to single digits with a pair of baskets five minutes in. Just as it looked like the Hornets might find a way to creep back into the game, UChicago fired back with a scoring flurry. Laravie and senior guard Justin Jackson each hit a pair of free throws, then Baum drained a three and in less than a minute, the Maroons had stretched their lead back to 15 points. UChicago maintained a double-digit advantage through the final whistle to secure the victory.

NEXT GAME:

  • Saturday, Dec. 8 @ 3:00 PM (ET) – UChicago at Albion College