ST. LOUIS – After heading into halftime with a double-digit lead, the University of Chicago men's basketball team fell victim to a Washington University – St. Louis rally in a 66-65 defeat on Saturday afternoon.
The Maroons are now 5-7 on the year and 0-1 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The No. 13-ranked Bears improve to 10-2 overall and 1-0 in the UAA.
The conference opener began with junior forward Brennan McDaniel sinking a three-pointer on the first possession. Both teams were active from beyond the arc – they combined for 67 three-point attempts out of the 122 total shots in the game. The Maroons netted eight treys in the first half while the Bears struggled to get going, shoot 34.5 in the period. Senior guard Jordan Baum made 4 of 5 field goals for 11 points in the half, which also represented UChicago's 11-point lead at the break (36-25).
The second half featured standout play from Baum and WashU guard Jack Nolan. The UChicago senior racked up 16 points in the final 20 minutes while Nolan put up 15 points of his own. The Bears found momentum as the game progressed and trimmed the deficit to only a single point at 51-50 with 8:26 remaining. Nolan hit a three to retake the lead at 59-58, but Baum followed up with a layup the other way. The tandem exchanged threes with two minutes left as UChicago held a tenuous 65-64 lead.
WashU scored a layup to go up 66-65 with 21 seconds left, but UChicago's final possession ended with a missed jumper in the final moments.
In the final statistics, the Bears led field-goal percentage 45.8 to 39.7. The Maroons made 12 of 38 three-pointers (31.6 percent) while WashU converted 10 of 29 (34.5 percent). Shooting fouls played out at a minimum with a mere nine combined free throws. WashU held a 37-35 rebounding edge.
Baum poured in a career-high 27 points in the contest, going 7-for-13 from long range. He also handed out six assists. Senior guard Cole Schmitz posted 11 points and seven rebounds. McDaniel put up 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.
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