U. of C. men’s basketball team drops conference opener

By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
Sports Writer

In spite of two clutch jumpers down the stretch by shooting guard Noah Karras, the University of Chicago Maroons men’s basketball team would fall short of victory after a 70-68 loss at the buzzer to Washington University-St Louis Bears on Saturday afternoon Jan. 7, at the Gerald Ratner Center, 5530 S Ellis Ave.

In the first half, the Maroons would fall behind early. As the Bears would drain four three-pointers in the first 10 minutes of play, giving themselves a 12-point lead at 24-12. But after a much needed timeout by Maroons coach Mike McGrath, the Maroons would regroup offensively and storm back with seven three-pointers and earn a 36-35 lead at halftime. The Maroons finished the half, 7 of 12 from beyond the three-point arc.

In the second half, after two huge jumpers were made down the stretch by shooting guard Noah Karras, the Maroons defense were whistled for a goaltending call (a basket interference), rewarding the Beavers with two extra points and the win as time expired.

Final Score: Washington U.-STL. 70, U. of C. 68

With the loss, the Maroons dropped to 8-4 on the season and 0-1 in the University Athletic Association Conference  (UAAC). Their next game will be played on Friday night, Jan. 13, at the University of Rochester. Game time 8 p.m.

Hyde Park Herald Players of The Game:

Maroons: Waller Perez, 16 points; Noah Karras, 13 points in 15 minutes off the bench; Blaine Crawford, 12 points and seven rebounds.

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