Maroons Drop Crusaders In Opener

Box Score

CHICAGO, Ill. – The men’s basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with a bit of rust in an 81-52 loss to the University of Chicago (UAA) on Thursday evening. 

The Maroons opened up the game on a 9-1 run, scoring on four of their first offensive possessions.

Neither team scored in the next two minutes until sophomore center Brett Cashner (Urbana, Ill.) put Maranatha’s second points on the board, cutting the deficit to 9-3.

The University of Chicago could not be stopped though, as they built as much as a 22 point lead in the first half, and 33 point lead in the second, while the Crusaders committed 14 turnovers in the game.

The Maroons also dominated the paint in the first half with 18 points to Maranatha’s six, and finished the game with a 32-16 advantage.

Maranatha struggled offensively in the first half, shooting 21% from the field, but received a vastly improved effort in the second half at 51% from the field.

The Crusaders received a game-high 18 points, and five rebounds from Cashner, on an efficient 8-13 from the field.

Sophomore guard Andrew McKinney (St. Charles, Iowa) provided a spark off the bench by shooting 5-7 from the field, including 2-3 from beyond the arc for 14 points, but also committed six turnovers.

Maranatha doesn’t play again until after Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. against MSOE.