By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
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.