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Hopkins’ Surge Leads UChicago Men’s Basketball Past Case Western Reserve 78-65

Bryce Hopkins
Bryce Hopkins

CLEVELAND – Clutch shooting from Bryce Hopkins down the stretch allowed the University of Chicago men's basketball team to clinch a 78-65 win at Case Western Reserve University on Sunday.

The Maroons improved to 6-8 overall and 1-2 in the University Athletic Association (UAA). The Spartans dropped to 8-6 (1-2 UAA).

Through seven minutes, UChicago held a slight 16-14 advantage. Then sophomore guard Brandon Beckman hit a three-pointer to kick start a 14-2 run. A pair of jumpers by senior guard Jordan Baum and junior forward Dominic Laravie's layup puts the Maroons ahead 30-16.

The visitors went up 37-22 following a jumper from junior forward Brennan McDaniel. CWRU would subsequently close the half on a 9-0 run to make the score 37-31. At the break, Baum had 10 points to his credit while McDaniel posted nine points and seven rebounds.

In the second half, senior guard Cole Schmitz scored twice sandwiched around a Baum jumper to push the lead to 44-31. The teams traded baskets back and forth up to 51-45. Slowly but surely, the Spartans crept all the way back to within one possession at 61-59 with three minutes left.

That's when Bryce Hopkins came alive to bolster the UChicago offense. The rookie forward nailed a three on the next possession. He then followed with two free throws and a pair of treys, and just like that, the Maroons were comfortably in control at 72-59. Hopkins accounted for 11-straight points over a two-minute span.

Hopkins finished with a career-high 17 points to go with seven rebounds. Beckman set a new career-best for the second-straight game with 16 points while also doling out six assists. Baum collected 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. McDaniel and Schmitz grabbed 10 rebounds each.

UChicago dominated the rebounding category by a 43-22 total. The Maroons converted 49.2 percent of their field goals, 39.1 percent of their threes (9-23) and 91.7 percent of their free throws (11-12).

CWRU made 40.7 percent from the field, 36.4 percent from long range (8-22) and 90 percent from the line (9-10).

NEXT GAME:

  • Friday, Jan. 24 @ 8:00 PM – New York University at UChicago